One of the most important reasons to visit your Raleigh dentist for routine check-ups is to watch for cavities and tooth decay. If your family dentist finds that you have a cavity, you’ll need a filling. Fillings are one part of restorative dentistry that can restore your smile back to its original form.
Fillings are made of different materials and are used to fill in decayed areas in your teeth. When you have a cavity, your dentist will remove the decayed part and place a filling in the area. Fillings are also used to repair broken or damaged teeth. Habits like grinding your teeth or biting your nails can wear down your teeth and filling can help to repair the damage done. Different types of fillings use different molding and shaping techniques to properly fit and last.
When our dentist determines that you need a filling, you’ll first receive a local anesthetic to numb the area. Our friendly staff will then drill away the decayed area and fill the area with a durable filling. Our advanced dental technology makes it as quick and painless as possible. Fillings can be made of several different materials, including plastic, gold, silver, porcelain, or glass.
It’s common for patients to feel discomfort and sensitivity after getting a filling. Once the anesthesia wears off, a filling may be too high and cause pain. Just call our dental practice and we’ll get you in to relieve any discomfort due to the height of the filling. Sensitivity of the filled tooth will decrease over the following week. If you are still experiencing intense sensitivity or pain after a week or two, let our dentist know.
Brushing and flossing your teeth daily and avoiding unnecessary sugars can help prevent tooth decay and cavities. Talk to our dentist if you have habits like nail biting or teeth grinding to help avoid any fillings needed from damaged teeth. Remember to schedule your family’s routine check-ups at Better Dentistry to prevent gum disease and cavities before they start.
Dr. Silvoy and the team at Better Dentistry specialize in restorative dentistry including fillings, root canals, and tooth extractions. Call us at 919-386-6900 or schedule an appointment online at our dental offices.