Fillings are a common dental procedure to prevent bacteria from finding their way into your mouth from many different sources. Over time, bacteria forms layers called plaque over parts of your teeth. Every day that you let this bacteria live in your mouth, they release acid. This acid wears your teeth down and causes decay.
In time, tooth decay will cause holes in your teeth. That’s what cavities are. Your teeth cannot repair themselves from cavities but our Carson City dentists can help.
A drill is used to follow the path made by bacteria. All bacteria will be 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, your dentist will numb your tooth to make the procedure painless. This will commonly be accomplished with the use of a numbing gel, then an anesthetic shot so the drill 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.
Types of Fillings
There are mainly two different types of fillings: composite and amalgam. There are some controversial opinions regarding amalgam fillings because they contain mercury, but Absolute Dental professionals respect the requests and concerns of all patients and will discuss the best options available for you.
A newer technology that resembles modeling 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. Absolute Dental will respect the wishes of its clients, and offers these pro and con resources for the curious (We take no responsibility for the opinions expressed in these articles):
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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 dentist. 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.
When it comes to getting a tooth filling, your confidence in our approach will leave you at ease. Schedule your consultation with our dentists at either of our two (2) Carson City locations! Our dentists can evaluate your situation and get you taken care of same-day.
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