Find out more about a dental filling and how it is placed.
A cavity can wreak havoc on your oral health, especially if you don’t see your St. Charles, IL dentist Dr. John Isbrandt right away for treatment. Of course, the minute someone thinks about getting a dental procedure they get a bit nervous, especially if they don’t know anything about it. So let’s make sure you understand more about your upcoming dental filling so you feel more at ease.
Why are fillings necessary?
Your mouth contains bacteria, which feeds off certain foods like sugary treats that then produce an acid that damages and wears away at the enamel of your teeth. If you don’t properly brush away this sticky plaque layer then the bacteria causes small holes in your teeth known as decay or cavities. When a cavity occurs the only way to treat it is to get a dental filling from your St. Charles general dentist.
What are the different kinds of fillings?
Fillings are designed to fill the removed part of decayed enamel to restore the tooth’s appearance and function. Of course, there are a couple different ways to do this. Dental fillings come in a variety of materials like amalgam or composite resin. Amalgam fillings are often made from silver, mercury, tin, copper or zinc. Sure, they aren’t the color of a real tooth but they are extremely strong, long lasting and great for restoring back teeth.
Of course, composite resin fillings are the most commonly used and the most popular since they are tooth-colored. Even though they aren’t as strong as their amalgam counterparts they are still durable and offer a better aesthetic option.
How is a filling placed?
Our goal for any treatment is to make sure that you are comfortable the entire time. This means a local anesthesia will be administered to eliminate any potential discomfort. Once the anesthesia has taken effect we will begin to drill out the decayed portions of enamel until it has all been removed.
If we are using a tooth-colored filling this is usually the time that we will check the shade of your tooth so we use a composite resin that most closely matches. Then we will fill the tooth layer by layer, often using a dental laser to harden each layer. We will also need to mold and adjust the layers to make sure they are properly shaped and don’t change your bite.
Once the last layer is hardened we will give your filling one last check and smooth down any areas that may be a bit rough before polishing the tooth.
Need to schedule your next dental visit? Dealing with tooth pain or other issues? Then call our St. Charles dental office right away. Let John Isbrandt, DDS, PC give you the healthy smile you deserve.