If you’ve ever had a cavity, then you’re probably somewhat familiar with dental fillings. Cavity fillings are used to fill in damaged or decayed parts of your teeth to keep them looking great and functioning flawlessly.
Why Are Fillings Important?
When a part of your tooth is compromised by a cavity and not treated, it can affect your overall tooth structure and strength. Whether your cavity is small, mid-size, or large it can cause serious damage to your tooth, as well as discomfort or pain. Ignoring a cavity can result in further decay causing the tooth to crack or break. Fillings are the most common solution to help keep your natural teeth in the best shape possible and can help you avoid painful procedures such as root canals.
What Are Fillings Made Out Of?
There are many different types of fillings. Filling materials differ in appearance, price, and durability and the kind you choose will depend on your budget and your personal preferences. The different types of fillings available include: gold filling, silver amalgam filling, glass ionomer cement filling and tooth colored fillings.
What Happens in the Filling Procedure?
Fillings are a quick and simple procedure performed by your dentist or qualified staff member. A local anesthetic may be administered to ensure that you remain comfortable.
The dentist will remove the decayed or damaged part of the tooth and fill the space with the filling of your choice. The last step is polishing the tooth to get it feeling and looking its very best. The process is completed quite quickly in one office visit.
Dental fillings are an important and standard part of proper dental care. If you believe your tooth may need a filling, give Boyle Family Dental a call today and schedule an appointment.
If you are in pain and you believe that your tooth needs more serious and quick attention, we encourage you to reach out to us for help for your dental emergency.