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What Is a Dental Filling?

A dental filling is a procedure where a dentist removes decay or damage from a tooth and fills the cavity with a suitable material to restore its function and prevent further decay.

Procedure Of a Dental Filling

Anaesthesia: Local anaesthesia will be given to numb the area around the tooth that needs the filling.

Tooth Isolation: A rubber dam and cotton rolls may be used to keep the tooth dry and isolated.

Decay Removal: The dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth using a dental drill or laser.

Cleaning and Preparation: The cavity is thoroughly cleaned to eliminate cavitated tooth structure, bacteria and debris.

Filling Material Selection: The dentist selects the appropriate filling material (e.g., composite resin).

Filling Placement (tooth filling) The chosen filling material is applied to the cavity and shaped to match the tooth’s natural contours.

Curing: If composite resin is used, a special curing light hardens the material.

Adjustment and Polishing: The dentist adjusts and polishes the filling to ensure proper fit and a smooth surface.

Final Inspection: The dentist checks the bite to ensure it’s even and comfortable.

Patient Instructions: The patient receives care instructions for maintaining the filling’s longevity and oral hygiene.

Post-Procedure Follow-Up: Depending on the situation, the dentist may schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor the bite after the filling.

Is Dental Filling Painful?

Dental fillings are typically not painful because dentists use local anesthesia to numb the area before the procedure. This ensures that you won’t feel pain during the filling placement. You may, however, feel some discomfort or vibrations from the dental drill or keeping the mouth open for some time, but it should not be painful.

After the procedure, it’s common to experience some temporary sensitivity or discomfort, especially with composite resin fillings, as in some cases they can be sensitive to temperature changes.

How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?

Depending on the location, filling’s size, the quality of the dental work, and how well you manage your oral hygiene can all affect how long a dental filling lasts. In order to maintain the longevity of your dental work or overall oral health, regular oral homecare, dental checkups, and cleanings are necessary. Permanent dental fillings last longer if you take care of your oral health.

Additionally, habits like teeth grinding or clenching can place additional stress on fillings and increase the risk of an early failure. Your dentist may suggest a night guard or other safety precautions in such circumstances.

Know If I Need a Dental Filling?

You may need a dental filling if you experience one or more of the following signs:

Tooth Pain or Sensitivity:

Continuous toothache or sensitivity, especially to hot, cold, or sweets.

Visible Decay:

Noticeable holes, pits, or dark spots on your teeth.

Pain While Eating:

Discomfort when biting or chewing on specific teeth.

Flossing Issues:

Frequent floss tearing or catching on a particular tooth.

Bad Breath:

Continuous bad breath or an unpleasant taste in your mouth.

Swelling or Pus:

Gum swelling or pus near a tooth, indicating infection.

X-Ray Findings:

Cavities or decay detected on dental X-rays during check-ups.

If you notice any of these signs, book an appointment for dental checkup. However, most of the time you might have no discomfort and no visual signs in early stages of cavity. Early detection is crucial in order to provide timely and appropriate treatment. This is one of the many other reasons that regular dental check-ups are essential for early detection and treatment.

Looking For Dental Fillings Near You?

Don’t wait! At Clean smiles Dental Hygiene Clinic in Edmonton, we provide dental filling services. In order to ensure your complete comfort throughout the process, our highly skilled team of dentists is available to provide gentle, painless, and high-quality dental care.

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