Most people are familiar with dental fillings as the type of restoration most commonly used to treat tooth decay.
What are Fillings?
There are many types of materials that may be used for fillings, however, including composite tooth fillings which are able to match the color of your teeth, making them far less noticeable than the silver amalgam fillings which were more common in the past.
Composite fillings also have the benefit of being mercury-free, and ideal for patients who have metal sensitivities.
When might I need a filling?
At your regular dental exams, Dr. Williams will check your teeth for signs of decay, typically by checking the spots he suspects with a dental probe.
Dental X-rays can reveal the exact location and full extent of any present tooth decay.
Depending on which tooth has the cavity, the area can typically be numbed by the use of a local anesthetic which will ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure.
Dr. Williams will remove the decayed and damaged area of the tooth, after which the composite filling material will be placed and sculpted into shape. This material will ultimately be hardened with a special curing light that allows it to bond with your tooth.
“Went in to replace an old filling and was done in 30 minutes. No pain either! I have been going to see Dr. Williams and his crew for several years and always have had great experiences with them. Thank you for being a great team.”
Caring for your tooth after a filling
Having a tooth treated with a tooth-colored filling doesn’t make it immune to further decay. Good oral hygiene at home is still vital for keeping the rest of the tooth cavity-free and for preventing tooth decay from forming under the filling.
Be sure to brush twice a day and floss as directed. Using a toothpaste with fluoride is best, as this should make your teeth more resistant to decay.
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