What Are Dental Fillings

A dental filling is the term used when your dentist is referring to removing a small decayed part of the tooth, then “fills” it with a different type of material that is similar in looks and hardness to your original teeth.

Although most people think of children when they think of cavities and dental fillings, cavities can affect almost anyone, in any age group. Adults who find they get cavities will find that changes to their oral hygiene routine usually result in fewer or no cavities.

Why Dental Fillings are Important

When a dental cavity is caught early, it can easily be treated. However, cavities that are left alone will continue to grow without stopping. They will not only destroy the tooth enamel. Untreated cavities will eventually reach the soft “root” of the tooth, which will then require a much more involved type of procedure, called a root canal.

Dental fillings usually prevent the need for a root canal as well as preserving more of your natural tooth structure. The qualified dentists here at Country Dental in Cambridge, Fergus and Toronto can prevent the need for a root canal with a simple process that is commonly referred to as a dental filling.

What Happens During the Dental Filling Procedure

 A dental filling is a four-step process that is quick and virtually painless.

  1. Your dentist will first need to diagnose the cavity. This is generally done through x-rays and a physical dental exam. Once the size and exact location of the cavity is found, the dentist will discuss the best way to treat the decay.
  2. Before the dental filling can be applied to your tooth, the dentist will prepare the tooth by first removing any deteriorating parts of the tooth with a dental drill, and then shape the tooth for the application of the dental filling material. It’s important to prepare the tooth to ensure that a strong bond is made between the tooth and the filling so the repair will last for many years.
  3. Next, filling the tooth with composite resin is necessary. Although many different types of materials have been used as fillings over the years, nothing is as durable as composite resin, which is white, like the natural color of your teeth, and at the same time is just as strong as your original tooth enamel.
  4. When the dental filling is complete, your dentist will have you bite down, sometimes on a small strip of blue paper that resembles carbon paper. If the dental filling is too tall or too abrasive, the dentist will then use some mild abrasives to make the tooth the correct height so it doesn’t interfere when you bite down and so it feels smooth like your other natural teeth.

Contact Country Dental If You Think You Have a Cavity

Cavities that are left untreated can become a painful matter. Don’t wait for a simple matter to grow into something far worse. This Medicine article offers additional information about dental fillings.

If you believe you have a cavity that is keeping your smile from being its best, then contact our dental clinic to book an appointment 24 hours a day, 7 days a week including evenings.

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Cambridge – 519-620-7474

Fergus – 519-787-7878

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