Dental fillings are perhaps one of the most common procedures in dentistry. Patients might not know about crowns, inlays, implants, and others, but most know about dental cavity fillings. We can use a filling to fill a dental cavity in a few minutes without inconveniencing the patient. Dental fillings can also repair chipped, cracked, and worn-down teeth.
Several materials are used in the fabrication of dental fillings. We will help you choose the most suitable dental filling material based on your cavity’s location and severity, financial considerations, and unique preferences. All tooth fillings, regardless of material, serve the very critical purposes of protection and restoration of your tooth’s functionality.
If you have a cavity, proper dental care will prevent the cavity from escalating into a bigger problem. When cavities are left untreated, the tooth’s hole becomes an entryway for bacteria and can degenerate into serious infections and tooth loss. Typically, dental care for a cavity involves removing the decay and then disinfecting and desensitizing the affected site. Dental fillings seal the tooth, keep away bacteria, and restore the functionality of your tooth.
If a cavity is too big, a filling might not be possible. When that’s the case, we explore other options like inlays, onlays, and crowns. These also serve to protect teeth and repair cavities. Fillings are considered the simplest and are used when a dental cavity isn’t too big.
Getting a tooth-colored dental filling isn’t complicated. We start by numbing the area to feel any discomfort during the tooth filling procedure. At most, you’ll only feel some pressure as we move our hands. Next, we clean the cavity and remove all infected and dead tissue. After the cavity is cleaned, the filling is placed and bonded using a special blue light. The entire procedure may take 30 to 60 minutes.
Fillings are long-lasting, and typically they last for 10+ years. It’s recommended to wait until the anesthetic wears off before eating to avoid biting your lip or tongue while they are numb. You’ll need to continue brushing your teeth and flossing regularly after getting dental fillings.
Are you struggling with cavities or broken teeth that require dental fillings in Covina, CA? Contact Jeffrey L Cohen DDS, to schedule an appointment.