Preventative Dentistry for Your Family
Dental fillings are a common restorative and preventative treatment that dentists use to fill in holes in the teeth. Dental caries (tooth decay) can cause the hard protective case of tooth enamel around each tooth to break down. When this process is left to continue, cavities (holes in the teeth) develop.
A dental filling prevents cavities from becoming deep enough to allow bacteria to enter the tooth roots and cause decay, which often leads to root canals or tooth extractions. This is one reason why we encourage our patients to keep up with regular dental exams; this way, dental caries can be detected and treated early.
What to Expect
Dental fillings are a common type of dental treatment. Before we begin, we will make sure you feel comfortable and provide you with a general anesthetic to numb the area or areas we will be working on. In most cases, the procedure only takes a few minutes for each cavity, but the length of the treatment will depend on how many cavities are being filled and where they are located in the mouth.
Dental fillings can be made from several dental materials. Composite and amalgam fillings are most commonly used. Your dentist will help you choose a material based on your specific needs.
Book an Appointment Today
Are you up to date on your dental exams? If not, reach out to our office today to book your next exam and receive any necessary preventative and restorative treatment. We look forward to helping you keep your teeth strong and healthy for years to come.
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