Tooth decay is one of the most common issues that are seen in dental offices worldwide. Built up bacteria in your mouth is the root of all cavities. Over time, that bacteria forms layers called plaque over parts of your teeth and they release acid. This acid wears your teeth down and causes decay.
Before decay can reach the inner pulp of the tooth, the decay can be removed and replaced with a filling. This is a type of corrective procedure that enhances a person’s smile and prevents decay from getting worse. Fillings are not only used for cavities, but are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse.
Why Would a Filling Be Needed?
Fillings may be needed for a variety of reasons and only an examination and dental x-ray can determine if they are right for you. Some of the reasons a filling may need to be placed include:
- You have decay in one or more of your teeth
- You have deep grooves in your teeth
- You have a small crack or break that hasn’t affected the inner pulp of the tooth
What happens during the procedure for a filling?
During the procedure the dentist will use a small, specialized drill to slowly remove the decay from inside the tooth. Once the decay has been completely removed, the dentist will then clean out the tooth thoroughly in order to prepare the space for the filling. The dentist will do this by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling will help to prevent further decay. The composite filling material is then added and the tooth is restored to it’s natural function and strength. There are many advantages to having a dental filling which include:
- Durability– fillings can last for many years with the proper care and hygiene.
- Strength– fillings are designed to withstand chewing forces.
- Used for other purposes- besides replacing a cavity, fillings can be used to repair broken teeth.
- Aesthetics- fillings of certain material can blend in to your natural teeth and go unnoticed, allowing you to feel comfortable when you smile.
If you need to have a filling done, or would like to inquire more about fillings, call our office today and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.