Fillings typically address damage caused by cavities found during a routine teeth cleaning. If you have a cavity, you should have the decay removed and a filling applied to prevent the spreading of bacteria. You also might need a filling if you have chips and cracks in your teeth because of dental injury.
Dr. Hunte helps you decide the best type of filling depending on cost, your age, and the condition of your tooth. You can choose from a variety of materials for your filling, including:
You should also consider the cosmetics of the filling. Many people prefer plastic, tooth-colored fillings that aren’t as visible as metal fillings.
Dr. Hunte ensures that you’re comfortable during the filling procedure and uses local anesthesia on the affected area. You’ll feel a pinch when the anesthesia is applied, but your mouth is numb during the procedure. Tell your Dr. Hunte if you have any discomfort while she’s applying the filling. She can adjust her technique based on what makes you feel the most comfortable.
A filling procedure typically takes an hour. The dentist begins by introducing herself, and then she applies local anesthesia to the area on which she’ll be working. Then, the dentist removes any decay on your tooth with a drill and cleans away bacteria.
The dentist then applies gel to bond the tooth to the filling and hardens the filling material with a special light. Finally, the dentist polishes the tooth to ensure that the tooth is healthy and shining.
Depending on the type of filling you already have, your filling may last several years to decades. However, fillings need to be replaced if they wear out, crack, or fall out. Even day-to-day activities such as eating hard foods or chewing on pens or fingernails can chip a filling.
Your dentist checks during regular visits to see if your filling is in good shape or needs to be replaced. It’s important to replace a compromised filling to avoid development of infection underneath the filling, which may require invasive procedures such as root canals to remedy.
Take initiative with your dental health. Call the office, or visit the website to schedule an appointment with Dr. Pamela Hunte and her team today.
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