INCLINE FAMILY DENTISTRY
If you’ve ever had a cavity, you’re familiar with dental fillings. If not, chances are you will experience a cavity at some point in your lifetime. In addition to treating tooth decay, dental fillings can also be used to repair teeth that are chipped, cracked, or worn down. Regardless of the reason you need a filling, when the time comes, we want you to have the information necessary to put your mind at ease about what to expect.
What to Expect
When you come in for a dental filling, the anesthetic will be applied to the affected area, so there’s no need to worry about pain. Patients who come into our office fearing the worst usually say later that they can’t believe they were nervous. Most fillings are relatively quick, taking no more than 20 minutes. For most patients, it’s the idea of getting a filling, and the sounds of the instruments used that cause the most stress. Here at Incline Family Dentistry, Dr. Travis Barr and our entire team work hard to minimize your anxiety and discomfort while you’re in our care.
What Happens During a Dental Filling
Once the area where your cavity is has been numbed, the dentist will remove the decay from the affected tooth. Next, a protective liner is placed to protect the nerves of your tooth, then the filling material is added. The area is then polished smooth so that your tooth feels just like it did before. Afterward, you’ll feel some numbness from the anesthetic, but that will wear off soon, and you’ll be able to drink and eat as usual.
Composite or tooth-colored, fillings blend in with your natural teeth for a flawless appearance. These are especially desirable in highly visible areas like the front teeth. When composite fillings are used, they are cured, or hardened, using an ultraviolet (UV) light. It’s painless, harmless, and only takes a few seconds.
Another filling that Dr. Barr uses is called an indirect filling. This particular type of filling is used in cases when not enough of the original tooth remains to be drilled and treated fairly. The dentist takes an impression of your mouth and sends it to a dental laboratory where your permanent filling will be made to match your natural tooth color. Meanwhile, a temporary filling will be placed on your tooth until the permanent one is ready. In terms of how they look, indirect fillings resemble composite fillings; however, indirect fillings require two visits to our office. One for the initial treatment and impression and a second for removing the temporary filling and cementing the permanent filling in place.
Call Our Office Today!
When it comes to filling cavities or restoring minor flaws in teeth, our Lakewood, Colorado dental practice offers a variety of methods to help you. Don’t sacrifice your oral health by putting off your dental filling. Call us today to schedule your appointment so that we can determine the best option for you and get your smile back to its best as soon as possible!