We may have the perfect routine for taking care of our oral health, avoid sugary foods, and visit our dentist twice a year but still have dental decay or cavities. Don’t be discouraged if this sounds like you! Our team at Arlington Dental Associates provides quick and reliable care to correct issues such as decay. Dental fillings are an effective way to keep teeth healthy and strong, despite the negative effects that decay may have incurred. Continue reading on to learn more about dental fillings for your smile with the help of our Arlington team.
Dental fillings are made up of a material that is placed inside a cavity of a tooth. They can be made out of different materials that each bring their own unique benefits. Most commonly, dentists will use a composite resin material for dental fillings. This closely resembles the natural look and feel of the tooth’s enamel. Therefore, it is an ideal option for when a dental filling is needed in a more noticeable location. Gold or silver can also be used as a dental filling.
Prior to placing the dental fillings, your dentist will take a series of x-rays of your smile to see where exactly the decay is and how much of the tooth is affected. The decay and bacteria are completely eliminated from the tooth and the affected area is thoroughly cleaned. Your dentist will begin to shape the dental filling to the correct size and shape after they fit it on your tooth. The filling is then hardened to the tooth for a sturdy attachment.
If you are experiencing sensitivity to hot or cold beverages and foods, pain when biting down, or can see a visible dark spot on your tooth, then you are encouraged to contact Arlington Dental Associates right away to set up a consultation. Ignoring these symptoms can only lead to more severe issues. Contact your local Arlington team for more information regarding treatment options that help to improve the overall health and wellbeing of your smile.