Dental Tips Blog

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

Apr
6

What is an Air Abrasion?

Posted in Fillings

An air abrasion is a newer dental technique for cleaning out small cavities in a tooth, to prepare for a filling. Like a mini-sandblaster, an air abrasion tip sprays tiny particles on the tooth surface to clean out the cavity. A filling is placed once the small amount of decay is removed.

In the past, dentists would always need to use a drill and sometimes numbed the tooth for filling procedures. With this modern technology, an air abrasion can be used on some cavities without a loud drill or an injection!

What are some advantages of an air abrasion?

  • In most cases, there is no need to be numb your mouth during this treatment.
  • This process is quicker and easier than traditional fillings.
  • Minimally invasive and less tooth structure is removed than regular filling procedure.
  • Since you will likely not be numb, your dentist can treat many teeth at one appointment
  • A more quiet technique.

Who would be a good candidate for this procedure?

Patients can benefit from an air abrasion if they are afraid of the dental drill, are young children, or if they have small cavities. If you visit your dentist for regular dental cleanings and checkups, they will be able to detect early cavities which might allow you to utilize the air abrasion technique.

Would you like to try an air abrasion?

Call your dentist and ask if they offer air abrasions at their practice. If they do, you can schedule an exam to have your teeth checked for early cavities. Your dentist will let you know whether or not an air abrasion is right for you.

Posted on behalf of:
Mansouri Family Dental Care & Associates
4720 Lower Roswell Rd
Marietta, GA 30068
(770) 973-8222

 

Mar
3

Computerized Anesthesia Delivery (The Wand)

Are injections for dental care one of the things you dislike the most? Typically the most uncomfortable step in any dental appointment is the part when local anesthesia is used. To be more specific, it’s the actual aspiration of the medication that makes it uncomfortable, not necessarily the injection itself. Thankfully, there’s a new way to deliver local anesthesia that delivers the most comfortable method possible to dental patients: computerized anesthesia delivery, I.e. “The Wand.”

The Wand provides a painless injection for single tooth local anesthesia, something that isn’t possible with typical local anesthesia syringes. The small pen-like device has one of the smallest needles for anesthesia delivery, and both patients and their dentists love the results. A computerized delivery method keeps the medication flowing smoothly, which reduces inflammation of the tissue and increases comfort. That means the injection is essentially pain free. Even if your dentist was already good at giving gentle injections, The Wand improves it even further.

Because The Wand only anesthetizes the area around the specific tooth that is treated, patients won’t have to worry about having numb lips or cheeks hours after their appointment; only the area around the tooth will be numb. Results are immediate! It can be used for most types of dental treatments, making care convenient for all types of patients.

Modern dental patients don’t have to worry about demanding comfort during their treatments. With advancements such as computerized anesthesia, the days of painful dentistry and hours of numbness can be gone forever. Whether you’re on the go and have to return back to work quickly, or simply want a more comfortable way of getting dental care, The Wand is the answer.

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

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