Tooth fillings are a normal dental procedure meant to treat tooth decay. When you visit the dentists at our clinic, you will undergo an examination to determine the best way to manage your tooth decay. Tooth decay if not properly treated, can progress, and could lead to the loss of the entire tooth. It is therefore important to see a dentist to correct the problem and regain optimal oral wellbeing. Our team of dentists here at Smiles of Groton will ensure that you have the best filling experience to ensure your teeth regain their natural shape and function.
What Are the Types of Fillings Available to Me?
The two most common types of fillings that you can get at our clinic include amalgam fillings and composite fillings. Amalgam, or silver fillings as they are sometimes called, are made by mixing mercury with other types of metal. It is mainly used to treat tooth decay in molars and back teeth because it is strong and durable.
Composite fillings are the other option that the dentist can recommend for treating your tooth decay. Composite fillings are made by mixing different types of materials such as acrylics and glass-like particles ground into powder form. These are mostly used to treat decaying areas in front teeth. They are also known as tooth-colored fillings and are aesthetically pleasing since they resemble the color of your tooth.
What is the Procedure When Getting a Filling?
When you come to our clinic for a dental filling procedure, you will first consult with the doctor, to determine the type of filling most suitable for your condition. The treatment is normally done in the office and a local anesthetic can be used depending on the severity of the tooth decay. For instance, a shallow cavity will not require numbing of the affected area.
The dentist will then remove the affected region of your tooth, using a drill and other dental equipment. After creating a hollow in your tooth, the dentist will fit it with the chosen filling material. The composite filling is hardened using a small blue light that is directed to your tooth. After the filling has hardened, the dentist polishes the filling, such that it will not irritate your tongue or mouth. There is no downtime associated with the procedure, meaning that recovery will be almost immediate.
What Happens After You Get a Filling?
After you have received your filling treatment at the dentist's office, you will be able to return to your normal daily routine. You will still be required to maintain your oral health routine to ensure that the filling remains durable for an extended period. Fillings are an effective treatment for tooth decay and can serve you for several years without replacing them.
If you or a loved one has tooth decay you can visit us here at Smiles of Groton and our team will guide you on the best filling process. You can also reach us at (351) 251-1230 to get more information and book an appointment with our team of specialists.