What are Dental Fillings?
A dental filling can replace an area within a tooth that is decayed. Tooth decay can occur at any time and for a range of different reasons. Before the decay is able to get bad enough to warrant a root canal, a filling can be placed. Most fillings can last for years without showing any signs of wear or damage.
Why would Dental Fillings be needed?
A filling is typically needed when a cavity is present in one or more of your teeth. Oftentimes, cavities develop in multiple teeth because of the infection spreading. Before the decay is able to reach the inner pulp, we can remove it carefully and place a filling. Fillings are made of tooth-colored material known as composite resin.
Who is a candidate for Dental Fillings?
Dr. Alfonso will examine your teeth to check for signs of cavities. If you have a cavity, it is best to have the decay removed and filled as soon as possible. This will prevent the decay from getting worse and eventually compromising the tooth entirely. Fillings are ideal for both adult as well as pediatric patients in need of this restoration.
What happens during the Dental Filling process?
Dr. Alfonso will administer local anesthetic to numb the area receiving the filling. The decay is then removed from the tooth entirely. The small hole left behind is prepped for the composite material, and the resin is matched to the existing tooth. The material is then placed inside of the hole and any excess material is removed. The doctor will cure the filling with a bright light, hardening it and preventing it from falling out of place. The majority of fillings placed can last for many years, and because they are made out of tooth-colored material, they are hardly visible when you smile. They can be replaced as needed as they begin to show signs of wear.
If you are interested in learning more about the filling process, call us today so that we can get you in for a consultation appointment.