We can fully appreciate that fillings are not the most exciting thing on your to-do list. However, the fact is …the sooner you have your tooth decay addressed, the less likely the spread of the decay, and the damage your teeth will incur.
Fillings are used to fill in the area where the decay was removed, and even out tooth surfaces for better biting or chewing. Because enamel loss is a common component of tooth decay, it may result in tooth sensitivity. In many cases, tooth sensitivity caused by enamel loss will be significantly improved or completely eliminated once your filling is in place. In addition, there are special toothpastes that can help rebuild tooth enamel, which your Langley dentists can help you address.
During your regularly scheduled appointment, or in a dental emergency visit (prompted by a toothache), a dental professional will evaluate your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure to uncover if there are any concerns.
Fillings …Step by Step
The dentist identifies the number of tooth surfaces effected by decay or damage, and then prepares the tooth and necessary surrounding areas in order to restore the damaged area. The decay or damage is removed with a dental hand-piece or laser, and the area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before the restoration is completed.
The first step in performing a composite filling procedure involves isolation of the tooth. Tooth isolation is critical in a composite restoration, because it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process.
The bonding procedure requires the placement of various adhesives followed by the composite material, which is then hardened with a special bonding light. The completed composite restoration is both functional and natural looking.
At DentistsRUs, our Langley dentists will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth in the area in which it is to be filled. Next, either a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument will be used to remove the decay from the area.
Once the decay has been removed the space will be prepped for your filling, but if the decay is near the root – your dentist may first put in a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material to protect the nerve.
Finally, your tooth will be filed and then polished for a smooth finishing touch.
So if you think you might need a filling, call one of our dental offices below to book your appointment today!
Burnaby Sedation & General Dentistry | 250 – 3433 North Rd. Burnaby, BC | View
Langley Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 – 19978 72nd Avenue Langley, BC | View
Tri-City Sedation & General Dentistry | #1412-2929 Barnet Hwy, Coquitlam, BC | View
Coast Meridian Sedation & General Dentistry | #103 3380 David Ave, Coquitlam, BC | View
New Westminster Sedation & General Dentistry | 243-800 Carnarvon St. New Westminster | View