One common oral health issue discovered during scheduled cleanings is decay. We will fill the affected tooth by first removing the decayed portion of the tooth (cavity) and replacing it with a material to best suit your needs and circumstances. If the cavity is not treated early enough, the decay could spread to other parts of the tooth leading to more complicated, expensive procedures such as crowns and root canals, or even extraction.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Amalgam fillings, along with composite (tooth colored) fillings, are the most widely used today.
Fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will then be thoroughly cleansed and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. Filling material will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function. It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when amalgam fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
You will be given post-care instructions at the completion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.