Fillings At South Anchorage Dental Center
Dental fillings are a standard procedure used to treat cavities and restore the function and appearance of damaged teeth. Cavities, or tooth decay, occur when bacteria in your mouth produce acids that erode the tooth enamel, leading to tiny holes or cavities. Dental fillings help to prevent further deterioration and restore the tooth's structure.
The Dental Filling Process
The dental filling process typically involves the following steps:
- Numbing: The dentist will numb the affected area with a local anesthetic before the procedure for patient comfort.
- Removal of Decay: Using specialized dental instruments, your dentist removes the decay and cleans the cavity.
- Filling Placement: Dentists remove decay before filling cavities with materials based on factors like extent, location, budget, and aesthetics.
- Shaping and Polishing: Your dentist will polish and shape the filling material for comfort and natural appearance.
Benefits of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings offer several benefits, including:
- Restored Function: Fillings restore the ability to bite and chew, allowing comfortable consumption of favorite foods.
- Prevention of Further Decay: Fillings remove decay and prevent further decay by sealing cavities.
- Preservation of Tooth Structure: Dental fillings preserve teeth, avoiding significant procedures.
- Improved Aesthetics: Tooth-colored composite resin fillings blend seamlessly with natural teeth, providing aesthetically pleasing results.
- Durability: With proper maintenance, dental fillings can last for years.
Caring for Dental Fillings
To ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your dental fillings, it is crucial to practice good oral hygiene and follow these tips:
- Brush and floss regularly: Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing twice daily and flossing.
- Avoid excessive force: Protect your fillings and teeth by avoiding nail-biting and chewing on hard objects.
- Regular dental check-ups: Regular dental check-ups and cleanings help your dentist monitor the condition of your fillings and address issues early on.
Improve Your Oral Health and Confidence with Fillings
Contact us immediately if you may have a cavity or need a filling. You can enhance your oral health and boost your confidence by getting dental fillings. Visit South Anchorage Dental Center for high-quality dental care and a healthy, beautiful smile.