Calling to schedule an appointment with the dentist is usually at the bottom of anyone’s to-do list. Whether you have a fear of the dentist, don’t have enough time, or have simply been putting it off, there are a number of reasons you may avoid making regular visits to your dentist’s office. Unfortunately, this can have serious ramifications on your oral health. If you have a cavity, it is especially important to make an appointment right away to have a dental filling. Read more below to find out about fillings and why they are important for your oral health.
Dental fillings are one of the most common dentistry procedures. Chances are you already have a filling, or know someone who has one. A dental filling is used to replace a decayed area of a tooth, or to repair a tooth that has been cracked or worn down. They can be made from a variety of materials from metals such as gold to tooth-colored ceramic.
First, your dentist will examine all of your teeth to see which teeth need repair. Then, a local anesthetic is used to numb the tooth and surrounding area. The decayed part of the tooth will be removed using dental instruments, and the tooth will be examined again. This allows the dentist to determine which filling material will be best. The cavity is then filled, and the material will be polished to ensure proper shape and to remove any sharp edges. This treatment typically takes only one short office visit, however, if multiple fillings are needed or if the damage is extensive you may need to have temporary fillings installed until your next visit.
Generally, dental fillings can be cared for using proper oral hygiene techniques. Brushing regularly with fluoride toothpaste and flossing each day can help ensure your oral health and prevent further damage to the compromised tooth. Regular visits to your dentists will be necessary to ensure that your dental fillings don’t not come loose. Should your dental fillings crack or fall out, it is important that you schedule an appointment right away to prevent further damage to the tooth and surrounding teeth.
If you have a cavity and need a dental filling placed, please call our Dallas dentist at Buckner Family Dental at 214-328-3595 right away for an appointment. We can get you taken care of quickly so you can be on your way without any further tooth damage or discomfort.