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Getting a Tooth Filled, 1-2-3

Posted in Fillings

When you have a cavity, it must be filled. If it’s not, the tooth decay will progress, causing pain and eventually destroying the entire tooth, forcing you to have it pulled and replaced.

Your Alexander City dentist will diagnose any cavities at your annual examination and sometimes confirm it with a dental x-ray. Once that happens, the decay will have to be removed and the resulting hole will have to be filled with some sort of material to avoid further decay.

The procedure is as easy as 1-2-3:

1. The dentist will remove the decay by using a mechanical drill or a laser.

2. Next, the dentist will clean the drilled area to make sure the surface is smooth and the decay is gone.

3. The dentist will fill the tooth by adding the filling material in layers, applying heat when necessary to set the material.

Following placement of a filling, there is rarely a problem, although some people may experience a sensitivity to hot or cold, lasting just a few weeks. If the sensitivity continues, you should contact your dentist to see if something can be done.

Other rare side effects include allergies to the filling material causing a rash or itching. Or the patient may experience a sharp pain when biting, or discomfort when the filling comes in contact with another metal. Pain almost always indicates something serious like an improperly filled tooth, or further decay. Again, you should contact your dentist immediately if something seems wrong. 

Posted on behalf of Toothmasters



Getting Your Dental Crown in One Appointment or Two?

Posted in Crowns

The process of getting a dental crown will usually take two visits to your Alexander City dentist. On your first visit, your tooth must be trimmed to accommodate for the thickness of the crown. Your dentist will also remove any portion of the tooth that is decayed or structurally unstable (loose or cracked).

Since the crown needs to slip over your original tooth, it must also be slightly tapered in shape. Once your tooth has been properly shaped, your dentist will make an impression or cast of your teeth, which is then sent to a dental laboratory to fabricate your crown. You can usually expect about a two week wait for your crown to be made. In the meantime, you will be given a temporary crown to cover your tooth until the second visit. At your second visit, the actual crown will be cemented into place, after assuring a proper fit.

Some dentists have added a CAD/CAM milling machine to their office. With the use of a computerized camera making an photographical impression of your teeth, your crown can be designed and fabricated in porcelain right in your dentist’s office, in approximately 30 minutes. The obvious advantage here is that you can leave your dentist’s office with your new crown cemented in place after only one visit.

However, these units can only be used in the making of all-ceramic crowns. Given the variety of materials used for different situations, in varying degrees of durability or cosmetic appeal, it stands to reason that many dentists still prefer to use an outside dental laboratory for the actual fabrication of prosthetic teeth.

Posted on behalf of Toothmasters


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