Why Might You Need a Tooth Filling?
There are many reasons why a dental filling may be needed, and not all of these reasons are immediately noticeable. Tooth decay is one of the main reasons why fillings are required, and our dentists utilize special methods to determine if you have this problem. Some of these methods include basic observation, cavity-detecting dye, x-rays, and laser fluorescence cavity detector aids.
Rest assured that, if you are experiencing tooth decay, we will take good care of your teeth and complete the necessary steps to remove the problem. Your teeth are an important part of your body, and we want to make sure they stay in excellent shape. If you suspect you may need a tooth filling, come see us right away. Specific possible reasons for fillings include:
- Fractured Teeth
- Cracked or Broken Teeth
- Decreased Tooth Structure
- Tooth Discoloration
- Replacement of Old Fillings
Our Stress-Free Dental Filling Process
The health of your teeth and gums is our first concern. To help you maintain a beautiful mouth, we use the most up-to-date technology when performing our dental filling process. We also want to help you feel less stressed about the procedure, and we are happy to explain the steps of our process to give you peace-of-mind and keep your anxiety in check.
Each person’s teeth are different and require individual care, but our dental filling process consists of the same basic steps for everyone. The first step you can expect is to receive a local anesthetic. This numbs the area around your tooth during your procedure. The next step involves our dentist removing the harmful tooth decay that may have been causing you pain or sensitivity. After that, we will etch the tooth using an acid gel to ensure your filling lasts. Then, we will apply resin to the filling and make sure it dries hard and strong by using a bright light to “cure” it. Finally, we polish the tooth to leave you with a smooth and clean feeling.
Protect Your Teeth for Continued Dental Health
Once you have received your tooth filling, be sure to do your part to keep your teeth healthy and strong for years to come. There are many proactive steps you can take to avoid future problems. Some of these steps include:
- Attending Regularly Scheduled Teeth Cleanings
- Brushing Your Teeth Twice a Day
- Flossing Once a Day
- Rinsing with Mouthwash Once a Day
- Saving Sugary Treats and Sodas for Special Occasions
- Snacking Less Between Meals to Reduce Acid Attacks