When you have tooth decay or other forms of tooth damage, a filling can preserve your tooth and prevent the need for an extraction. At Gentle Dental Care in Grand Island, Nebraska, the skilled dental team provides a range of different fillings to suit all tastes. If you’d like to save your tooth and avoid further dental work, call Gentle Dental Care to discuss the benefits of each type of filling or to schedule a consultation.
Fillings are used to repair teeth that have cavities or other types of damage when there’s enough healthy tooth remaining. Fillings can repair the surfaces of teeth to enable better chewing or biting. They can also help reduce tooth sensitivity from enamel loss.
Fillings can be made of:
The choice of filling type depends on factors such as your medical history, how durable the filling needs to be, and where the filling needs to go. Your personal preference is also important. For example, you might prefer to have a composite filling that matches your natural tooth color.
When you attend your regular checkup at Gentle Dental Care, or if you visit the dentist because you have a toothache, they might find tooth decay. Your dentist can use a dental probe and take X-rays to find out how bad the decay is and how far it has spread. They can then advise you of the best course of treatment.
Fillings are best when your tooth is mostly healthy, so there’s enough natural tooth for the filling material to make a good bond. If too much of the tooth needs removing because of damage or decay, then a crown or dental implant might be a better option.
First, you need to have an anesthetic injection that numbs the area around the tooth that is getting the filling. You might also want sedation dentistry, which makes you feel relaxed and sleepy throughout the procedure.
Once the anesthetic and sedation take effect, your dentist can use a drill or laser to remove any decayed or damaged parts of the tooth. When every trace of an unhealthy tooth is gone, your dentist cleans the area to ensure there are no bacteria left behind that could cause an infection.
The process of placing the filling material into the tooth can vary according to the type of material used. Composite fillings, for instance, require the use of several types of adhesive plus the composite material, which hardens under a special bonding light.
Once your filling is done, you should make sure you look after your teeth and practice good oral health habits to ensure your teeth stay healthy.
If you have a toothache or you’re worried about needing a filling, let the Gentle Dental Care team put your mind at rest. Call them today to discuss your options or to schedule an appointment.