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Dental Filling

Dental Filling

Dental fillings, also known as teeth fillings, are common dental procedures used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay or trauma. Here’s what you can expect from the process of getting a dental filling:

Examination and Diagnosis: The process typically begins with a thorough examination by your dentist. They will visually inspect your teeth and may take X-rays to assess the extent of the decay or damage.

Anesthesia: Before starting the filling procedure, your dentist will numb the area around the affected tooth using a local anesthetic. This helps ensure that you remain comfortable and pain-free during the procedure.

Removal of Decay:

Using a dental drill or laser, your dentist will remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth. Once the decay has been completely removed, the area will be cleaned and prepared for the filling.

Filling Material Selection: There are several types of filling materials available, including amalgam (silver), composite resin (tooth-colored), porcelain, and gold. Your dentist will discuss the options with you and help you choose the most appropriate filling material based on factors such as the location of the tooth, the extent of the damage, and your budget.

Filling Placement: Once the tooth has been prepared, your dentist will place the filling material into the cavity and shape it to restore the natural contours of the tooth. For tooth-colored fillings, the material is applied in layers and hardened using a special curing light.

Adjustments and Polishing: After the filling has been placed, your dentist will check the bite to ensure that it feels comfortable and natural. They may make any necessary adjustments to the filling’s shape or size to achieve the proper fit. Finally, the filling is polished to smooth out any rough edges and blend seamlessly with the surrounding tooth structure.

Post-Treatment Care: After getting a filling, it’s important to follow any post-treatment instructions provided by your dentist. This may include avoiding hard or sticky foods for a few hours, practicing good oral hygiene habits, and attending follow-up appointments as recommended.

Overall, dental fillings are a common and effective way to restore teeth that have been affected by decay or damage, helping to preserve the tooth’s structure and function while preventing further complications. With proper care, fillings can last for many years, providing you with a healthy and functional smile.

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