What is a dental filling?
Before getting a dental filling you need to know what a dental filling is first. A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. To treat a cavity our dentist at Mountain Springs Dental office will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material once lived. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay.
What happens during a dental filling procedure?
First, our dentist will numb the area around the tooth with the help of an anesthetic. Next, a drill, air abrasion instrument or a laser will be used to remove the decayed area. After that, our dentist will probe or test the area during the decay removal process to determine if all the decay has been removed. Once the decay has been removed, Our dentist will clean the cavity of bacteria and debris therefore preparing the space for the filling. If the decay is near the nerve, our dentist may first put in a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material to protect the nerve. Generally, after the filling is in, our dentist will finish and polish it. Book an appointment with our dentists at Mountain Springs Dental office in North Ogden, UT to learn more about dental filling and restore that shining smile!
Why you might need a dental filling?
Tooth fillings help us repair cavities, so they don’t become bigger dental problems down the road. Fillings can fill small holes caused by tooth decay, but they can also repair cracks and fractures in teeth. If left untreated, tooth decay can cause serious problems. Our dentists at Mountain Springs Dental office can design a prevention plan so root canals or even tooth extractions are never needed. Bottom line, tooth fillings are a good thing and they can keep you smiling for a long, long time. If you think you need a filling, contact us at Mountain Springs Dental office in North Ogden, UT.