Dental Filling Procedures with Bright Smiles Family Dentistry
Almost ninety percent of people will develop at least one cavity during their lifetime, which is why fillings are one of the most common dental procedures done. At Bright Smiles Family Dentistry, fillings are a routine procedure and are often quick and painless. Yet, for some people, the thought of getting a filling can cause anxiety, which is why we do our best to keep our patients in the Marble Falls, TX area informed about what to expect during the filling process.
What to Expect During a Filling Procedure
Before you sit down in the exam chair to receive your filling, your dentist will conduct a consultation. During this consultation, they will perform an exam, take x-rays, and go through treatment options with you. This will allow both you and your dentist to be on the same page when it comes to your treatment plan. After the consultation, you can set up an appointment for your filling procedure.
At your appointment, your dentist will explain the process and what will happen during each step. First they will numb the tooth and gum where you are receiving a filling. In order to remove decay, your dentist will then use a drill to remove infected parts of the tooth, so when the filling is in place it can protect your tooth from further decay. After the tooth is clear of infection, your dentist will put in the filling.
There are several different types of filling such as silver, gold, and composite that you can choose from, each with their own pros and cons. One of the most common fillings done today are composite because they are tooth-colored and more natural looking. Your dentist will use a composite resin to fill in the tooth layer by layer to add stability and strength to the tooth. After the material has hardened completely, your dentist will shape and polish the filling to make it look more natural and to give you a more even chewing surface.
Do You Need a Filling?
Tooth decay is a common problem, and can happen to any area of the tooth. Pain is often one of the most common indicators of tooth decay, but regular dental visits will allow your dentist to catch signs of decay early, before it can cause pain. If you would like to know more about fillings, or would like to schedule a consultation, please contact our office at your earliest convenience.