Dental fillings are notoriously bad news. No one likes to be told that they need a filling. People associate these little restorations with pain, drilling, shots, and ugly metal smiles.
Despite their reputation, however, fillings are tiny superheroes that have been slowing the tide of tooth decay for centuries.
A dentist like Dr. Guzmán uses x-rays to verify the size and extent of the decay and plans the restoration accordingly. He will use a couple kinds of drills to make sure all the rotted and infected tooth is gone. He then cleans the inside of the tooth and prepares it to receive a filling material.
Some kinds of fillings are prepared outside the mouth while others are poured directly into the tooth. Some of these white “direct” restorations need to be cured with a blue light to help them set.
Within an hour (much less for small fillings), you’ll be all set to go with a newly-fortified tooth.
Getting a filling doesn’t have to hurt! You’ll have plenty of anesthetics and even dental sedation options to choose from. Your tooth will be so numb that all you might feel is some slight pressure as Dr. Guzmán drills away the cavity. Your comfort is our priority at Asiri Family Dentistry. Talk with us beforehand to let us know your questions and concerns about getting a dental filling. We’ll be happy to accommodate your needs!
Most people end up needing at least a few fillings over the course of their lifetime so there’s a good chance you’ll need some, too. But by taking the right steps you might be able to reduce your chances of needing dental work.
Early decay can occasionally reverse itself when the tooth is exposed to plenty of fluoride and the right minerals. You can prevent decay with dental sealants and professional fluoride treatments.
Watch your diet. If you drink water as your only beverage, get plenty of calcium, and choose whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables over processed foods, then you stand a good chance of avoiding decay.
If your tooth reaches the point of needing a filling to treat decay, however, there is no going back. A filling is probably the best way to save your tooth and avoid the need for more serious treatment.
If you have a tooth that’s broken or decayed, you might need a dental filling or some other restoration. Dr. Guzmán is currently welcoming new patients into Asiri Family Dentistry. Call our team today to schedule your consultation!