If you’ve made it this long without getting a dental filling – congratulations! If you’re experiencing your first cavity, you might be a bit surprised. Maybe you slipped up on your oral hygiene lately, haven’t been eating right, or that deep groove finally became too deep to clean thoroughly – giving you your first cavity.
Chances are, you aren’t quite sure what to expect at your dental appointment. If this is your first filling ever, here are a few things that you will want to expect:
Relax, This is Routine
Do you feel nervous? That’s ok. A lot of people are nervous about the first time they actually have some type of dental treatment. Dentists perform thousands of fillings a year – yours isn’t much different. It’s a simple procedure that is very routine and low-risk. You’ll be in good hands.
Expect to be Numb
If the cavity is deep enough, the tooth will need to be numbed before your dentist can work on it. First some numbing gel will be rubbed on the area where the injection will be placed. After the local anesthesia is injected, you can expect to be numb for up to 3 or 4 hours in some cases. Be sure not to bite on your lip, tongue, or chew on your cheek.
Nitrous is OK!
Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a simple and easy way to relax during your filling. You can request it at any point! Nitrous takes about 5 minutes to give you the full benefits, and is reversed just as quickly. You can even drive yourself home.
If you have any other questions about your first filling, just be sure to ask your dentist!
Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
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