Having a cavity filled is vital in preventing tooth decay. It is a process where cavity is filled after the decay has been removed. There are many different kinds of fillings, though they are all typically used to prevent tooth decay. Certain types of filling may be better for specific areas of your mouth.
There are three general steps to a cavity filling. First, the dentist will numb the area. They will use a topical numbing agent to numb the mouth and will follow with an injection to thoroughly numb the area. Once the area is numb, the dentist will remove the existing decay with a drill. Finally, after the decay has been removed, the dentist will fill the cavity with a filling.
The mouth will stay numb for a few hours after the procedure. It is important during this time to eat any food carefully to prevent accidental burns or chewing of the numb area. You may also experience sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures. This sensitivity should go away after a few days or weeks, but you may want to use sensitivity specific toothpaste in the meantime.
Types of Fillings
There are many types of fillings that are used to fill cavities. An amalgam filling is silver colored, but very strong. They are ideal for use in the back of the mouth, where teeth experience significant chewing. Composite fillings are tooth-colored. They are fairly durable and fairly unnoticeable. Metal fillings are more noticeable, but are strong and will last longer. Ceramic fillings are rather expensive, but they match flawlessly with the teeth. Glass ionomer fillings release fluoride over time, which helps protect the teeth. They are less durable than other varieties and may have to be replaced in as little as 5 years.
Having a cavity filled is far from fun, but it is necessary to protect your teeth. Knowing the process of having your cavity filled can help reduce your anxiety about it. To schedule your regular dental appointment, contact us at Avenues Dentistry today!