Suffering from a cavity and looking for treatment? Montebello Dental Clinic offers dental fillings near you.
When decay sets in, the bacteria attack the tooth enamel, which eventually deteriorates and leaves behind an empty space. This is called a cavity. When you have a cavity, you may tend to prod the area with your tongue, or food particles often get stuck in the gap. Left untreated, cavities may become the site of infection that eventually spreads to the gums and other adjoining teeth as well.
Dental fillings are used to fill cavities to prevent them from growing bigger or becoming infected.
What To Expect from a Dental Fillings Procedure
You should ideally set aside about one hour for your appointment with the dentist. This is the time it would take to discuss options, insert the filling, and finally harden it. Before the procedure begins, we will first numb the area around the tooth, including the gums and surrounding teeth, to minimize any sensitivity or discomfort.
The next step involves drilling out the decay and inserting the putty-like filling into the empty space. This takes only 10-15 minutes for simple cavities, although it may take slightly longer for larger cavities. Once the procedure is complete, your mouth may feel numb for a couple of hours before reverting back to normalcy.
While dental fillings are commonly used to fill cavities, they are also used to repair teeth damaged due to bruxism (teeth grinding).
Feel free to call our dentist near you for dental fillings in Salmon Arm, BC.
Aftercare Tips and Replacement of Dental Fillings
Some patients may experience minor discomfort after a filling, but this is normal and nothing to worry about. We strongly recommend that you continue to brush and floss your teeth just as usual. Inadequate hygiene may cause further decay, and the cavity may widen, causing the filling to become loose.
Similarly, patients who grind their teeth in their sleep may need to replace fillings more frequently. If you notice any signs of decay, cracks, or gaps in your teeth, contact Montebello Dental Clinic for dental fillings near you.