Most people will have a dental cavity at least once in their life. Cavities are literally “the most common chronic ailment in the U.S.” In order to remove the decay (and prevent it from progressing), your dentist will need to perform a procedure to place a filling in the tooth.
What are Fillings Used for?
Fillings are used for more than just repairing cavities. They can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth, or to repair teeth that have been worn down from grinding against one another.
Steps Involved in Filling A Cavity
The procedure starts with an examination. Next, a local anesthetic is used to numb the tissue surrounding the tooth being treated. The dentist will then use specialized tools to remove decayed tissue from the tooth. The dental filling is placed to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health. There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam (silver) fillings and composite (white) fillings.
If your tooth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be a great choice for restoring your oral health and function. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment with our team. We look forward to caring for your smile!