Making an appointment to see your dentist isn’t usually at the top of anyone’s to-do-list. Whether it’s because you simply don’t have enough time or because you haven’t been in a while and are little apprehensive as to what dental problems the dentist may find, the excuses for not going to see your dentist regularly seem to prevent many people from actually making an appointment. It’s well known that maintaining proper oral hygiene and having regular dental checkups should be a priority. However, if you have a cavity and have been avoiding picking up the phone to call your dentist, you should know that time really is of the essence. Below you will find more information about dental fillings and the steps involved in filling a tooth, as well as a brief explanation as for why its so important to see your dentist right away if you are experiencing signs of tooth decay.
What exactly is a dental filling and who might need one?
A dental filling is used when a portion of your tooth has decayed or when a tooth has been cracked or worn down. Fillings are a very common dental procedure, whereby the decayed part of the tooth is removed and replaced with a dental filling. Typically the treatment can be performed in just one short office visit. If your dentist finds that it may take more than one visit to remedy the dental problem, they will most likely decide to put a temporary filling into place.
What is involved in filling a tooth?
Dr Schoening will examine your teeth before beginning the dental filling process, in order to make sure that no other teeth are in need of repair. Next, she will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and its surrounding area. She will then use dental instruments to remove any of the decayed matter within the tooth before examining the area once more to ensure that all of the bacteria has been removed. The dentist will then be able to fill the cavity with the material which they think is best and will polish it to make sure any rough edges have been removed safely.
How do I care for my dental fillings?
In order to ensure that your fillings do not come loose prematurely, it’s best to visit our office regularly and maintain proper oral hygiene at home. Be sure to floss daily and use toothpaste that has a fluoride additive to avoid developing any further cavities and to prevent the compromised tooth from developing a cavity again. Should you find that your filling has cracked or has become loose, it’s best to schedule an appointment right away so that you can prevent further tooth decay.
Please call (817) 275-4355 or email us today to schedule your appointment and let us help you to achieve a confident, healthy smile, that is free of the discomfort of tooth decay.