Dental fillings are perhaps the most common restorative procedure we perform. Fillings are used to restore and protect a tooth that has suffered a dental cavity. Once the decayed part of the dental cavity has been removed, the filling material is used to fill the cavity and help keep out bacteria. Dental fillings can also be used to help repair a broken or cracked tooth.
Signs That You May Need a Dental Filling
You might want to consider receiving a dental filling if:
- There are visible cracks, breaks, or chips in a tooth
- You suffer from a persistent toothache
- There is any sharp pain in a tooth when biting down or applying pressure
- There are visible holes or any dark spots on a tooth
- You notice an increase in tooth sensitivity, especially to hot or cold temperatures
These days, there are a few different types of dental fillings. In the past, dental fillings were made of precious metals, because the metals were known to last for years. However, as dental technology advanced, there are plenty of new options including porcelain, glass ionomer cement, and resin compositions. Dr. Bahar Esmaili can help you decide which filling is right for you based on your individual circumstances.
What To Expect When Receiving a Filling
A filling procedure is a fairly simple one. Below are the steps of a dental filling procedure:
- Using a local anesthetic, the affected tooth and the surrounding tissues will be numbed.
- Once the area is numb, the damage and decay will be removed from the tooth using a drill or laser.
- Next, the cavity of the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected to make sure any remaining bacteria has been removed.
- At this point, the filling material will be used to fill the cavity and a special light will be used to bond the material to your tooth.
- Lastly, the filling material will be properly trimmed and shaped, and the tooth will be polished.
If you’re suffering from the above symptoms or if you’d like to learn more about dental fillings, please give PeakView Dentistry a call. Our dental office is located in Boulder, CO.