Why are brushing and flossing so important? These habits remove substances from the teeth that could be harmful. Plaque contains acid-producing bacteria that feed off of the food debris left in your mouth. The acid that they produce can eat away at the teeth enamel, eventually forming a hole called a cavity. This hole will need to be treated with a dental filling promptly to avoid more serious damage. Timeless Dental in The Woodlands performs this common procedure to restore your tooth to health.
Fillings can be made from several materials, including amalgam (metal), ceramic, and glass ionomer. The most commonly used material is composite because it is fairly strong and durable and can be made to match the color of the surrounding teeth so that your restoration is not noticeable.
Cavities are usually detected during routine exams. When you get a filling placed, you can expect to be at your dentist’s office in The Woodlands for about an hour. This will allow him or her enough time to take x-rays, if necessary, and complete the dental work.
The procedure will require an anesthetic to be applied to the affected tooth as well as the surrounding gums and skin to avoid and lessen discomfort. So, while you may feel some pressure as the work is being done, you won’t feel any pain or other sensations. The decay will be removed with a dental drill and then replaced with the filling. The filling material will be applied in layers, with each layer being cured (hardened) to strengthen it. Once all the layers have been applied, your doctor can trim off excess material so that the filling fits in with the bite of the rest of the teeth.
Following the procedure, your mouth will likely remain numb for a few hours. You will be able to eat and drink during that time, but you will have to be careful not to bite your cheek or lip. Although fillings are most often used to fill in a cavity, they can also be used to repair damage in a tooth.
You can have confidence when you visit Timeless Dental for a dental filling or any other procedure. We aim to create a welcoming dental environment in The Woodlands and maintain the oral health of our patients.