A filling is a treatment used to repair a tooth that has been damaged due to decay, wear, or trauma. Once the decay or portion of the tooth that is causing problems is removed, the space that is left is then filled with one of several different filling materials. If left untreated, the decay could travel deeper into the tooth, leading to further damage and pain. The filling will help keep the remaining tooth healthy and functional, when no further work is needed, or keep it protected until further procedures can be performed. Fillings can also be used to fix cracked and broken teeth that are sensitive and painful. Fillings are safe and effective and work for patients of all ages.
Fillings can be made from a variety of materials, including composite resin (white filling) and amalgam (silver). Composite resin, which can look just like your natural teeth, is the most popular choice for fillings, so that only you will know that you have a filling.
With new technologies, fillings can last up to 15 years or longer before they might need to be replaced and are a great option for protecting your teeth from further damage. Fillings may need to be replaced over time, but they can prevent you from needing further treatment. They may also act as a temporary solution for the time in between other procedures, such as a root canal.
The process of getting a filling includes:
Numbing – The tooth and surrounding area are numbed with anesthesia to prevent any nerve discomfort.
Drilling – The decay is removed with a drill and then the tooth is thoroughly cleaned.
Filling – After removing all the decay and cleaning the remaining tooth, the filling is then applied. The inserted filling material is shaped to conform to the tooth and your bite is tested to make sure the filling fits the tooth properly and won’t cause problems as you chew.
No matter how good your oral hygiene habits are and how hard you try to care for your teeth, decay can creep in. Sometimes it can’t be avoided. The team at Bear River Dental is here to help repair and restore any damaged teeth you might have. Give us a call today to get on the road to a healthier smile!