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Aug
6

What Does it Feel Like to Have Dental Fillings?

Posted in Fillings

If you haven’t gotten a filling before, then you might wonder: what do dental fillings feel like?

What it Feels Like to Get a Filling

The part most people are nervous about is the process of getting a filling.

You won’t actually feel a thing, however. The dentist will numb up your mouth with a local anesthetic that blocks any pain. You might sense a little pressure, but no discomfort. It’s all over very quickly.

After the dentist places the filling and cures it, he or she will ask you to bite down to check the feel. If it feels like you have something stuck between your teeth, that’s not right. Let the dentist know and he or she will polish it down until it’s level with your tooth.

After Getting a Filling

Your teeth might be a little sensitive right after getting a filling. That’s because they aren’t used to being opened and exposed to air. Give it a few days and your tooth should adjust. An anti-sensitivity toothpaste may also help.

If your tooth feels painful or very sensitive weeks after getting the filling, then you may need to go back to get it checked.

Life with Dental Fillings

Living and eating with dental fillings feels no different from eating with unfilled teeth. You can chew normally and should brush and floss filled teeth as you would any other tooth.

Remember that dental fillings don’t make teeth immune to decay; you can still get a cavity under or around a restoration if you slack off on your home care.

Visit your dentist if you have any other questions about dental fillings.

Posted on behalf of:
Smiles by Seese
610 Jetton St #250
Davidson, NC 28036
(704) 895-5095

Apr
9

Does It Hurt to Get a Filling?

Posted in Fillings

When you hear “dental filling” you might think “pain.” But that’s only because you need a filling to repair a cavity, which is painful.

Cavities are often painful because they are holes that expose the tooth’s nerve to uncomfortable elements in the mouth. That nerve is very sensitive to sweets, hot and cold temperatures, and acids. Decay removes some of your tooth’s protective layers and jeopardizes the nerve.

Getting a dental filling is what will help your tooth to feel better. It patches up the hole, to restore the insulation around your tooth’s nerve.

But does it hurt to have decay removed and filled?

Why Fillings Don’t Hurt

You will be numb for the entire filling process. Your dentist will give you an injection of anesthesia that dulls your tooth to pain. While the physical removal happens, you won’t feel more than a little pressure.

Cavity preparation removes only the rotten part of your tooth to keep the hollowed-out hole as small as possible.

The dentist then puts in the filling to seal off the opening left behind. Your patched-up tooth will be ready for action almost immediately after your appointment.

After the Filling

Even after your numbing injection wears off, you shouldn’t feel any pain. The only potentially painful part is the fact that your tooth nerve was exposed to food and air temperatures. The filling plugs up the opening and fixes that problem.

Some people experience a little sensitivity soon after getting a new filling, but their teeth quickly adjust.

It is very unusual to experience discomfort after getting a tooth filled. If you do, contact your dentist to have your restoration checked.

Posted on behalf of:
Buford Family Dental
4700 Nelson Grogdon Blvd. NE #210
Buford, GA 30518
678.730.2005

Jun
25

Make Your Next Filling Appointment a Breeze – Here’s How!

Posted in Fillings

Do you dread the very idea of having a filling placed?

If so, you’re in good company! But if you are in need of a filling to stop the advance of decay and preserve your tooth, how can you make the experience as tolerable as possible?

Communicate Clearly with Your Dentist

Simply talking through the procedure in advance can help put your mind at ease. Ask your dentist about other successful treatments completed in the office. Ask how you can safely communicate your needs and concerns during the procedure.

Don’t Put Off Treatment!

If your dentist advises you to have a filling placed, try not to put it off! The longer you wait, the more likely it is that your cavity will grow and pose a larger threat. If the dentist has to remove a large cavity, then chances are good that a crown will be needed instead of a simple filling.

Do yourself a favor and get that little filling out of the way before it causes you a lot more stress!

Schedule When You Want

Scheduling a dental procedure at a time when you will feel relaxed and unhurried is a good idea. Pick a time of day when you feel the most calm.

Sedation and Anesthesia

Virtually all dental fillings have to be performed with some kind of local anesthetic. You could also avail yourself of mild sedation options that are offered in your area. A prescription for oral sedation or laughing gas could help you to really relax during treatment.

Contact your local dentist to find out what techniques and services are available in the office to make each and every dental filling experience an easy one!

Posted on behalf of:
Avalon Dental Group P.C.
2205 Williams Trace Blvd #108
Sugar Land, TX 77478
(281) 240-5559

Aug
13

The Wand Oral Anesthesia

Posted in Fillings

Have you ever heard of “The Wand?” It’s a revolutionary new way for dentists to anesthetize their patients for their fillings, crowns, root canals, and other dental procedures. One of the biggest benefits is that it makes the administration of local anesthesia much more comfortable than a traditional injection. What a lot of people think is painful during anesthetic administration isn’t the actual penetration of the “shot”; it’s the ability to aspirate the medication gently into the patient’s tissues.

The Wand is a computerized anesthesia delivery system that aspirates medication in an almost completely painless way. The pen-like piece of equipment has an extremely small needle…. in fact, it’s one of the smallest needles that can be used for local anesthetic. As the computer slowly distributes the medication, there is less discomfort and inflammation at the injection site. A “pain free” injection is almost completely assured! This reduces both anxiety on the patient, as well as pressure on the dentist for a gentle injection.

Anesthetic results from The Wand are only effective in the area immediately around the application. That means there are no numb lips, cheeks, or tongue for hours after your treatment. Patients receive immediate results, without the annoying discomfort of full anesthetic blocks for the rest of the day.

The Wand can be used for a large number of dental treatments, but not all. You’ll need to discuss your anesthesia options with your dentist at the time of your treatment plan to find out if The Wand is an option for you. If you’ve put that filling off, don’t wait any longer. Enjoy a painless, fast, no-hassle way to stay comfortable during your next dental visit.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Joyce Ma, Prime Dental Care

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