Step-by-Step Guide: How to Fill Cavities with Dental Fillings

Step-by-Step Guide: How to Fill Cavities with Dental Fillings

Posted by PROCARE DENTAL May 29, 2023

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Are you tired of experiencing tooth pain every time you eat or drink something cold? Do you have unsightly cavities that are affecting your smile and confidence? If so, then it's time to learn how to fill cavities with dental fillings! In this step-by-step guide, we'll take you through the entire process of filling a cavity so that you can restore your teeth to their former glory. From preparing the cavity for filling to choosing the right type of filling material, we've got all the information you need to know. 

Understanding Dental Fillings

When you have a cavity, your dentist will recommend a dental filling. A filling is a way to restore a tooth back to its normal function and shape. When decay or other damage to the tooth occurs, a filling can help to prevent further damage and pain. 

There are different types of fillings that your dentist may use, depending on the location and severity of the cavity, as well as your personal preference. The most common types of fillings are amalgam (or silver) fillings, composite (or white) fillings, and gold fillings. 

Step 1: Preparing the Tooth for Filling

If you have a cavity, the first step is to schedule an appointment with your dentist. At your appointment, your dentist will numb your tooth and surrounding gums using a local anesthetic. Once your tooth is numb, your dentist will use a drill to remove the decayed portion of your tooth. 

After the decayed portion of your tooth has been removed, your dentist will clean the area to prepare it for the filling. 

Step 2: Choosing the Right Filling Material

The next step is to choose the right filling material. There are many different types of dental fillings, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. The most common types of materials used for dental fillings are:

Amalgam (silver): One of the most popular and affordable options, amalgam fillings are strong and durable. However, they are also noticeable and can cause further tooth damage if not placed correctly.

Composite (tooth-colored): Composite fillings are less noticeable than amalgam fillings and can be matched to the color of your tooth. They are not as strong as amalgam fillings and may need to be replaced more often.

Porcelain: Porcelain fillings are strong, durable, and natural looking. However, they are also the most expensive type of dental filling.

Your dentist will help you choose the right type of dental filling based on the location and size of the cavity, your budget, and your preferences.

Step 3: Placing the Filling

The next step is to prepare the tooth for the filling. The area will be cleaned, and an adhesive material will be placed on the tooth to help hold the filling in place. Once the adhesive is in place, the filling material will be placed in layers and then hardened with a special light. After the filling is placed, your dentist will check to make sure it's comfortable and that you can bite and chew properly.

Are Dental Fillings Safe?

Yes, dental fillings are considered safe for most people. There is always a small risk of allergic reaction or other complications associated with any medical procedure, but these risks are typically very low with dental fillings. Be sure to follow up with regular checkups so that any new cavities can be caught early before they become worse!

Visit ProCare Dental at 1377 E 3900 S #202, Salt Lake City 84124, or call (801) 278-2817 for the best dental care.

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