About 175 million dental filling procedures are done annually by dentists. This one procedure is a simple and straightforward way to save a tooth that is in trouble, but also an easy way to restore the look of a healthy smile.
1. There’s no reason to be afraid.
Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures done in the United States, and these procedures are nothing to be scared of. Your dentist will take extra care to make sure the area is numb before they start working on the tooth. You may feel some vibrations from the tools used, but these are not anything that will cause pain.
2. A filling can save your tooth from extraction.
If you have a cavity, you essentially have bacteria that are eating through your tooth. If you do not get this spot cleaned out and filled, it will continue to grow no matter how vigilant you are about dental care or hygiene. Therefore, not getting a filling could easily lead to the loss of your tooth.
3. Fillings can be different materials.
Your dentist may ask you what type of filling material you prefer they use. There are two primary types of fillings: composite and amalgam. Amalgam fillings are created out of soft metal alloys. They have the telltale grey appearance. A composite filling is made out of an acrylic resin. It is pigmented so it is the same color as your natural teeth.
4. Proper care after a filling is important.
To prevent further issues with a tooth that you have had to have filled, make sure you continue to take good care of your teeth. Brush regularly, floss regularly and visit your dentist for checkups.
5. Fillings may have to be replaced eventually.
Fillings do have the ability to last many years, but they can also need to be replaced eventually. Sometimes, old fillings will work their way loose from the cavity. If this happens, it is important that you get to the dentist immediately to have the filling replaced.
Contact Us If You Need a Filling
Getting a filling right away if you have a cavity in your tooth is important. Contact us at Canby Dental for more information about fillings or to schedule an appointment.