What is a dental filling, why do I need one?
Dental fillings are treatments to restore and prevent further decay of a tooth. Fillings can also be used to fix minor flaws or cracks in a tooth. The high-quality materials used will enhance the appearance of your teeth, as well as keep them protected for many years to come. There are many different types of materials used for fillings including amalgam fillings (traditional metal) and the tooth-colored composite resin fillings preferred by many patients for the aesthetics. Your fillings can look natural and blend with the rest of your teeth while preventing further decay. Dental fillings are also very durable and can last more than 15 years.
When your tooth has decay it exposes the interior of your tooth to bacteria. These sugars, starches and bacteria can dissolve otherwise healthy teeth and cause infections if left untreated. When the cavities are repaired, the risk of infection is reduced.
We make all efforts to ensure you are completely comfortable during the procedure. We ensure that you will have a pain-free experience by using an anesthetic and numbing the area. Once we have placed dental fillings, they will be shaped and smoothed perfectly to your tooth. We will make sure your bite is adjusted until it feels natural and check that you are still able to floss between your teeth.
One benefit of regular dental examinations is the timely discovery of possible tooth decay. Please call Olympic Dental and Denture Clinic to schedule your appointment or ask us at your next appointment if you have any questions.