Here at Reich Dental Center, we have qualified experts who will assist you in dealing with your decayed teeth through dental fillings. To treat a tooth cavity using this procedure, our dentists first remove the decayed part of your tooth and then fill that area using various materials.
Some of these materials include composite resin, gold, and silver. In addition to treating tooth cavity, we also use fillings in our offices to repair broken or cracked teeth, as well as teeth that have worn out as a result of misuse – like tooth grinding and nail-biting.
What Should I Expect?
First, our dentists will need to numb the area around the affected tooth using a local anesthetic. Then, they use a laser, drill, or an air abrasion tool to remove the decayed part of the tooth. The instrument used greatly depends on the extent of the damage as well as the location of the tooth.
Once they remove the decayed area, our dentists will proceed to examine the tooth to check whether they have completely removed the decay. If the damaged area has been removed, our dentists then prepare the tooth for the fillings by cleaning the area to remove any debris and bacteria. If the decay is located near the tooth root, our specialists first insert a lining made of composite resin or glass ionomer in order to safeguard the nerves in your tooth. Once the filling is done, our experts will polish it in order to give it an even appearance.
You will also need extra steps in case you opt for tooth-colored dental fillings. Once our dentists remove the decay and clean the area, they usually apply tooth-colored filling material in layers. Next, they use a special light that will harden or cure each layer as they apply it. Once our experts finish this multi-layering process, they normally shape the material, trim off the excess material, and then polish it for the final appearance.
What to Do After Fillings
Your fillings should remain firmly in your mouth for months and years to come. It is important to maintain dental hygiene as usual, and don’t forget to make appointments for regular check-ups with us. At times, you might suspect that your filling is cracked or its leaking – that is, when its sides don’t fit well against your tooth. This can allow saliva or debris to get into the tooth, which can cause further decay to the tooth. In case you notice that, make sure that you call us to make an appointment straight away. Our dentists will be more than willing to inspect the tooth via an x-ray, if necessary, to check the situation.
Also, when you notice abnormal sensitivity or you feel sharp edges on the tooth, or you notice that the filling is cracked or some part of it is missing, book an appointment with one of our dentists here at Reich Dental Center at (770) 742-8454 for further inspection. We are always happy to hear how we can help you with fillings or any other dental issue.