If that tooth is still giving you problems, you may have a cavity. Unfortunately, that tooth that is filled with decay is not going to heal itself and will need to be filled by your dentist, but what actually occurs when you have a filling placed?
Once your dentist has determined that you need a filling, a local anesthetic will be give to numb the area. Once you are numb, your dentist will use a laser, air abrasion or a drill to remove the tooth decay before probing and testing to make sure that all of the tooth decay is gone.
After the decay has been removed, the space will be prepared for the filling. Preparation involves cleaning the cavity of debris and bacteria. If the tooth decay is located near the root of your tooth, a composite resign or glass ionomer may be placed first to line the cavity.
If you are having a tooth colored filling your dentist will apply the resin, porcelain or other tooth colored filling materials in layers before curing each layer with a laser or special light. The light is used to harden each layer. After the multi-layering is completed, your dentist will shape, sculpt, and trim the material before polishing the final dental restoration.
There are several types of fillings available. These include gold, silver amalgam, tooth colored, resin, porcelain, plastic, composite resin fillings, and glass ionomer. Only your dentist can determine what type of filling is best for your particular needs and will base the decision on how much decay there was, how large the filling needs to be, the cost of the filling materials and what your insurance will cover.
Leaving a cavity on its own can cause big problems including an infection or a dangerous abscess. If the cavity becomes infected, the pulp or nerves inside of your tooth could die making a root canal necessary.
If you believe you may need a filling, call and schedule an appointment with your dentist who can advise you on the best materials for your specific needs. Contact TimberView Dentistry today.