Why are fillings necessary?
Bacteria find their way into your mouth from a thousand different sources. They cannot be kept out. Over time, bacteria will form layers called plaque over parts of your teeth. Every day you let bacteria live in your mouth, they release acid, eating away tooth after tooth. After a long enough time, your teeth will have holes in them… that’s what cavities are. Your teeth cannot repair themselves… but Las Vegas dentists can.
As recently as 200 years ago, no one was unable to repair damage done by cavities. The plaque would do its work until the hole in the tooth reached all the way to the nerves deep within. At that point, the only option was removal. Friends, alchohol, and ridiculously large forceps were the best tools available. Those who fear dental visits would do well to remember the past and be thankful!
How are fillings done?
Fillings are simple in concept.
- After a teeth cleaning to remove plaque buildup,
- a drill is used to follow the path made by bacteria. When all bacteria is drilled out,
- the hole in the tooth is refilled by a hard, tooth-like barrier. The material used in fillings can be selected by yourself or your dentist.
- The barrier keeps more bacteria from re-entering the hole, where brushing can’t affect it.
Before drilling, of course, your Las Vegas dentist will numb your tooth to make the procedure painless. This will commonly be accomplished with the use of a numbing gel so the shot won’t hurt, then an anesthetic shot so the drill won’t hurt… then the drill so the cavity won’t hurt!
After having a tooth filled, your mouth will likely be numb for a few hours. The feeling is unusual, but not at all bad. If you’ve never experienced it before, you’ll enjoy exploring that part of your mouth with your tongue, not feeling a thing.
Why are fillings so scary?
Because of the shot and the drill. Everyone knows the sound of a dentists drill whining. And yes, it used to hurt. Even as recently as thirty years ago,
anesthetic and application techniques were still a little uncertain.
Presently, the science of painkillers has reached a high level of technological expertise. Most customers are not actually afraid of pain from the drill… they’re afraid of pain from the shot used to deliver the painkiller!
Pain during the shot is closely related to the skills of the dentist. Empathy is just as important as technical expertise. If your dentist believes that shots do not have to be painful, he will work conscientiously towards the goal of making shots painless. He should tell you exactly what to expect, and use the technique that will work best for you. Common techniques involve drying the area, using numbing gel, or small distractions for the patient.
And remember, whether the shot hurts a little, a lot, or not at all, it’s very likely to be the only pain you’ll experience in your whole stay at your dentists’. You’ll feel the pressure of the drill, you’ll hear the whine, and you’ll likely smell the tooth being whisked away… but it won’t hurt.
Types of fillings, Las Vegas and Reno:
A combination of silver, tin, copper zinc, and mercury. When these metals chemically combine, they form a new material that is silver in color and soft enough to be molded to the newly drilled hole. Withing minutes, it starts to solidify, and by the next day, it’s locked in.
A controversy rages on in the dental and natural health communities about the use of mercury in amalgam fillings. Absolute Dental will respect the wishes of its clients, and offers these pro and con resources for the curious (We take no responsibilty for the opinions expressed in these articles):
A newer technology that resembles modelling clay, composite fillings are synthetic resins that become tooth-colored when hardened. No controversy surrounds the use of composite fillings, but it’s well known that a composite will not last as long as an amalgam filling. The technology continues to improve, so it is likely that composite fillings will someday equal or exceed amalgam fillings in longevity and strength.