Fillings are a wonderfully effective way to repair teeth that have been damaged, either due to injury or decay.
We use a number of different kinds of fillings and during your visit at GriDent, we’ll discuss the different types with you, and help you choose the one that suits you best.
– Which filling materials can be used?
Based on your medical history, location of the cavity, esthetic needs, biting force, durability, cost, number of visits necessary and your preference, your dentist will decide which filling option is your best option.
Consultation and Treatment Planning
One of the more common oral health issues discovered during scheduled cleanings is decay. We will examine suspect teeth using a dental probe and caries detecting liquid, as well as take an X-ray to determine the extent and exact location of the cavity and decay.
Once it is determined that a filling is needed, we will advise you of your options for filling and sealing
Depending on what your best option is, we will be able to complete your filling immediately. In preparation for treatment, the area surrounding the affected tooth will be anesthetized (numbed) using a local anesthetic.
How is the filling procedure?
The dentist begins the dental filling procedure by preparing the tooth and necessary surrounding areas in order to restore the damaged area. The decay or damage is removed with a dental hand-piece or laser, and the area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before the restoration is completed.
The first step in performing a composite filling procedure involves isolation of the tooth. Tooth isolation is critical in a composite restoration, because it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process. The bonding procedure requires the placement of various adhesives followed by the composite material, which is then hardened with a special bonding light. The completed composite restoration is both functional and natural looking.
Recovery and Aftercare
After the cavity has been filled, your dentist will discuss steps you can take to prevent decay from forming under or around the filling, or in other teeth.
Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing with dental floss or an interdental cleaner once a day is advised. Keep appointments at GriDent for routine check-ups and teeth cleanings.