What are Dental Fillings?

Woman having her teeth checkedThough everyone hopes a trip to the dentist involves a simple cleaning and polishing, things may not always go as planned. If you haven’t been diligent in your dental health, your teeth may become damaged by decay and cavities and your dentist may say you’re in need of fillings. Though dental fillings may sound scary, they’re a necessary part of ensuring your teeth are not damaged any further.

What are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are a way to repair a tooth damaged by decay so that it once again has normal function and shape. They can be made from a variety of different materials, such as gold, silver, plastic, and porcelain. These fillings are intended to protect the remaining parts of the tooth and your mouth from further bacteria and decay so that you can eat, drink, and brush as normal.

What to Expect During a Dental Filling?

When you visit your dentist, they will first administer a local anesthesia to numb the area around the affected tooth. Once you are comfortable and unable to feel any pains in that portion of your mouth, your dentist will begin removing the decayed tooth material. This allows for only the healthy portions of the tooth to remain and the damaged portions will be shaped for the filling

Your dentist will then etch the tooth with an acid gel so that the filling material can bond properly. In some cases, they will also apply a layer or resin and harden it with the use of a bright light to keep it as strong as your natural tooth. Once the filling has been set, your tooth will be polished so visible portions of the filling do not irritate your mouth.

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