How a Dental Filling Is Done

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A dental filling is an outpatient procedure that helps treat tooth decay. Cavities are very common in the United States. A very high percentage of adults ages 20 to 64 have had a cavity. A filling can fix damage caused by tooth decay and prolong the life of your tooth.

Dental filling

A pediatric dentist or a general dentist performs dental filling procedures. General dentists can diagnose, treat, and prevent diseases and conditions of the mouth, teeth, gums, and associated structures of the jaw and face. Pediatric dentists cater to the dental needs of kids and teens. There are different types of dental filling materials that dentists can use. Some of the factors they usually consider before recommending them are the extent of the repair and where in the mouth a filling is needed.

Procedure for filling a cavity

The dentist will first numb the area around the tooth to be filled using a local anesthetic. This will help prevent any pain. The dentist will then use a drill, a laser, or an air abrasion instrument to remove the decayed area. The provider will probe the area to determine if all the decay has been removed.

Once the tooth is free from decay, the dentist will prepare the space for the filling. This involves cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. The dentist may put in a liner inside the tooth to help protect the tooth’s pulp, where the nerves are. Once the dental filling is in, the dentist will finish and polish it. Different types of fillings require different shaping procedures to ensure the fillings will stay in place.

When it comes to tooth-colored fillings, several additional steps are required. After removing the decay and cleaning the area, the tooth-colored material will be applied in layers. A light that cures or hardens each layer will then be applied. Once the multilayering process is eventually completed, the composite material will be shaped to the desired result. Any excess material will be trimmed off and then the final restoration will be polished.

Treatment time

Several aspects may affect how long it takes to get a filling. Most times, a filling takes an hour or less. A simple filling may take only 20 minutes whereas a larger filling or multiple fillings can take more time. Depending on the materials used, it could also take longer, or a second visit may be necessary. For example, composite resin material that is layered into the tooth usually takes more time, but it is completed in a single visit. Sometimes, dentists can perform two or more fillings in one visit as long as they are not too complex.

Visit your dentist today

It is vital to deal with tooth decay as soon as possible. Putting it off will lead to more decay and many other serious problems. Dental fillings are common and offer an effective way to treat tooth decay. The procedure often takes about an hour for a standard, uncomplicated filling. If you have any questions about the dental filling procedure, talk to your dentist today.

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