Cavities are a problem for many dental patients, and getting a filling is the most common solution. The purpose of fillings is to seal the holes in your teeth left behind by tooth decay. If you have not maintained regular dental appointments, or you are experiencing tooth pain, it’s important that you see a dentist as soon as possible. Fillings constitute the first line of defense against tooth decay, and the longer you wait for treatment, the more comprehensive it is likely to be. The following information explains what you can expect when you are diagnosed with a cavity.
Choosing a Filling
In the past, the only option for fillings was amalgam, which has a silvery appearance. Though highly resistant to pressure, amalgam is not cosmetically appealing, which is why many cosmetic dentistry professionals offer natural-looking alternatives. Composite fillings are a popular choice for dental patients. This type of filling is comprised of resin and other materials that resemble the appearance of natural teeth. Composite fillings are normally cemented to the natural tooth for greater strength and durability. Ionomers and porcelain fillings are two other options that patients have when undergoing a filling procedure. Like composite fillings, these alternatives look like natural tooth, but are generally not as strong as amalgam. Before getting a filling, discuss with your cosmetic dentist which option is best for you.
Getting a Filling
Receiving a filling is a relatively simple and pain-free process. Once you and your dentist have decided on the type of filling material that will be used for the procedure, you will be made comfortable with local anesthesia. Your dentist will then remove the areas of tooth that have been damaged by decay and prepare the remaining structure for the filling. To ensure that your filling does not seal in bacteria or become compromised in any way, your dentist will make sure that your natural tooth is dry and sterile prior to the bonding process. Once completed, you will probably be advised to avoid chewing food with the repaired tooth until the filling has had enough time to harden.
Dr. Kenn Kakosian D.D.S., P.C. offers safe and comfortable filling options at our Manhattan office. For more information on our dental services, call (212) 661-9777 or visit our website.