What to Expect When You Get a Dental Filling

Posted on: May 2, 2018

Dental fillings are nothing to worry about. In fact, most people will require dental fillings at some point in their lives. Dental fillings will not require as complex of a procedure as some people believe. Nonetheless, people still have some fear and trepidation about the procedure. Below is information on dental fillings and the process as a whole.

The Basics of Dental Fillings: Identifying Cavities

Do not assume you will be able to determine when a tooth needs a filling. Only an oral health professional can determine when a cavity is present and needs the filling or if proper dental care will be the only necessary treatment. The dentist will use a small dental mirror to analyze the surfaces of your teeth. If any areas look abnormal, the dentist will closely examine the teeth.

It might also be necessary to X-ray the mouth or at least a portion of the mouth in order to determine the exact location of cavities. The type of treatment the dentist selects hinges on the extent of damage from the decay.

Preparing the Mouth for Cavity Removal

The dentist will numb your mouth prior to removing the decayed portion of the tooth. The dentist will likely use a numbing gel placed on the gum tissue near the tooth in question.  The dentist will then apply a minor amount of the anesthetic to the gum tissue. The needle applying the anesthetic might sting for a brief moment.

However, most people do not feel much pain after that moment. As soon as your mouth is numb, the dentist will remove the cavity.

Cavity Removal

The dentist drills the cavity along with the surrounding decayed portion of the tooth. This process will take a couple of minutes at most. You will have to keep your mouth open wide during this process. If you feel pain, raise your hand to notify the dentist. The dentist can temporarily pause the cavity removal and filling process until you are ready. After eliminating the entirety of the decay, it will be time to place the tooth filling.

The Placement of the Tooth Filling

The tooth filling will likely be a tooth-hued composite. The dentist removes the entire cavity the cavity from the tooth along with all bacteria before placing the filling. The dentist will secure the filling in place by smoothing it into the tooth grooves. He or she will then ensure the bite is correct, the filling is comfortable and that the filling receives the proper polish.

Life After Your Cavity Filling

Though your gums and lips will likely be numb for the first couple hours after the cavity filling, you will still be able to talk, drink and chew. Do your best to chew with care. Try to chew on the side of the mouth opposite the filling. Your tooth will likely be a bit sensitive in a week or two following the filling. This sensitivity is perfectly normal. You can reduce the chances of sensitivity by avoiding triggers like cold and hot beverages/foods.

For more information or to schedule an appointment with Old Alabama Dental Care, request an appointment in our Alpharetta dental office here: https://www.familydentistryonline.net. Or call us at (770) 200-4032.

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