Dental fillings are quite a common type of dental restoration. They are used in replacing areas of teeth that are missing, damaged, or decayed. The decayed portion of a tooth after being removed is then filled up. The fillings are made of gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, or with materials called composite resin fillings.
What is the procedure used in the dental filling?
A dental filling is an in-office procedure in which the dentist numbs the area to be treated with local anesthesia. The affected portion is drilled with the help of a laser or an air abrasion instrument, and the damaged or decayed area is removed. After removing the decayed area, the dentist checks again to make sure, if it is well-cleaned or if all decay is removed.
Once after cleaning the area, the dentist removes the bacteria and debris and prepares to fill the area. If the dentist observes that the decay is near the root, then for the protection of the nerves that surround it, a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or any other material is used to fill the area. After the procedure, the dentist finishes or polishes it.
If tooth-colored fillings are used to fill the area, then just as any other process, the dentist removes and cleans the decayed portion first. After that, tooth-colored materials are applied in layers, and each layer is cured or hardened using a special light. The composite material is shaped according to your specific needs, trimming off any excess material, and attaining the desired result.
Why should you get your tooth cavity filled?
It is necessary to fill the cavity as it can lead to infection and so the dentist will have to perform a tooth extraction. You can avoid that step by saving the tooth by filling your tooth when a cavity appears. The filling is the safest, easiest, and most cost-effective way to treat it.
Find out more about dental fillings as you visit our office. Call Boger Family Dental today at 408.286.3229 or request an appointment online.