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Mar
13

Worried About Getting Your Cavity Filled?

Posted in Fillings

If you’ve never had a cavity before, you may be a little concerned when you find out that you have one that needs to be filled.  Cavities can happen to anyone at any age and they’re quite common.

How Did I Get A Cavity?

You might be wondering how you came to have a cavity, so that you can prevent another one from developing.  In your mouth, bacteria reside and can flourish under the right conditions.  These bacteria can eat away at the enamel of your tooth, creating a hole.  The first step to preventing cavities is developing good oral hygiene habits:  brush your teeth twice daily, floss regularly and see your dentist every six months.

Restoring Your Tooth

To prevent the tooth from decaying further, your dentist will likely recommend a filling.  Your tooth restoration is a simple in-office procedure that’s completed in four steps:

  1. Your dentist wants to make sure that your filling procedure is comfortable for you.  Local anesthesia is used for a painless, easy experience.  If you’re nervous, speak to your dentist about your concerns.  Many dentists often offer sedation, to make the treatment simple and relaxing.
  2. Prior to your restoration being placed, the area of decay must first be removed, cleaned and shaped for a durable bond between the filling and the tooth.
  3. You’re ready for your filling! Your dentist will fill your cavity with durable, tooth-colored composite resin.  A special light is applied to the filling, to cure and harden it.
  4. Once your treatment is complete, your dentist will have you bite on carbon paper to insure that the filling isn’t too high, affecting your bite.

Don’t wait for your cavity to grow into a bigger problem, requiring more extensive (and expensive) treatment.  Call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767

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