A dental filling is a restorative dentistry procedure in which a tooth damaged by decay is filled with a special material to restore its original shape and function. The most common type of filling is made of a metal alloy, but various types of composite (tooth-colored) fillings are also available. Your dentist will determine the filling to use depending on the location and size of the cavity and your preferences.
Dental fillings are an important part of maintaining good oral health. Not only do they restore the function of your tooth, but they also protect the remaining healthy tooth structure from further decay. Fillings can last for many years, but they may need to be replaced due to wear or if new decay develops. Contact our office today to schedule an appointment!
Your dental fillings can last more than 10 years with proper care.
We will numb the part around the tooth with local anesthesia. This will help ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure.
Dr. Renas will remove any decay from the tooth using a drill or other hand instruments. Once the decay has been removed, he will clean the area and prepare it for the filling material.
Your Saginaw dentist will apply the chosen filling material to the tooth and shape it to fit perfectly into the space left by the decayed tooth tissue. He may also use a special light to harden (or “cure”) the filling material to make it stronger and more durable.
Composite dental fillings are made from a composite resin material that can be blended to the color of your existing teeth. This type of filling is beneficial because it can be used in smaller cavities, strengthening the remaining tooth structure. It is also more esthetically pleasing than other types of dental fillings.
Flossing regularly will not remove your filling.
Cavities, or dental caries, are caused by enamel breakdown due to bacteria. When the bacteria create an acidic environment in your mouth, it breaks down the enamel, leading to cavities.
Dental caries can affect both young and old, so it’s important to maintain good dental hygiene habits. This includes regular brushing and flossing, avoiding sugary and starchy snacks, and visiting the dentist at least twice a year.
Dental fillings treatments don’t hurt. While you might experience mild discomfort during the procedure, you are likely to find dental fillings relatively painless. When Dr. Renas is drilling away decay, he uses a local anesthetic to numb the area. This helps ensure you won’t experience any pain during the filling procedure.
Your dentist might recommend a dental filling even if you are not in pain.