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What You Need to Know about Fillings

January 18, 2016
Posted By: Anthony Bartels, DDS and staff
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Dental fillings are one of the most common treatments, and it’s likely that you’ve already got some fillings in your mouth! That being said, many people don’t know the function of a filling, or the benefits of getting a cavity filled. Leaving cavities un-filled can lead to much more serious issues down the road, and our dental team offers tooth-colored fillings for a more natural look.

Here’s what you need to know about dental fillings:

  • Fillings are a treatment used for cavities that form in your teeth, which is a very common naturally occurring form of tooth decay.
  • If you don’t fill a cavity, it will worsen over time and can eventually require a root canal procedure in order to save the tooth from needing complete removal.
  • Bacteria can build up in the mouth and wear down your teeth, which makes them more susceptible to cavities. This is why regular dental cleanings are so important.
  • Cavities are very common when regular oral health habits are ignored, so be sure to brush and floss regularly to avoid regularly visiting your dentist for fillings.

What to Expect for your Filling Treatment

The process for filling a cavity in your teeth involves several steps. You can expect your dentist to begin by numbing the area around the affected tooth with some anesthetic. This prevents any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

Your dentist will then begin to remove all traces of bacteria and decay on the affected area. This involves cleaning the cavity completely, and sterilizing it to prepare for the actual filling. Once your tooth is completely cleaned out, your dentist can apply your filling allow it to cure. If you have a tooth-colored filling, it will blend right in with the look of your natural tooth! Finally, your dentist will make any adjustments needed to ensure a well-fitted filling.

The need for dental fillings often occurs because of a lack of routine oral health habits. This includes daily brushing and flossing, as well as regular professional cleanings to ensure that your teeth are strong and void of any buildup or decay.

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If you have any questions about dental fillings, or if you’d like to schedule an appointment with our experienced dentist, give us a call today to get started. Our biggest priority is to ensure that you have great oral health, so schedule an appointment today!

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