Dental fillings are done to remove tooth decay, and replace the affected tooth structure. It is called a filling because new material fills the hole that decay left. Nowadays most teeth are treated with bonded tooth-colored composite resin dental fillings. Caught early enough, tooth decay and cavities can be treated easily and almost painlessly. If not treated, tooth decay can lead to tooth pain and/or infection, and the tooth would need root canal treatment or extraction.
Dental Filling Overview
A dental filling appointment is most frequently scheduled after a routine teeth cleaning appointment, where a cavity is discovered.
At your appointment, you can expect several things:
- Your dentist will numb your teeth, gums, tongue and surrounding tissue. This may start with a gel to begin the numbing process, and then an injection of anesthetic to complete it. Your whole mouth won’t be numb- just the side, upper or lower, where the filling is to be placed.
- The dentist will then drill out the decay and replace it with the filling.
- We most commonly use tooth-colored composite resin for dental fillings.
After the dental filling is placed, you can expect your tongue, lips and gums to remain numb for a few hours until the anesthetic wears off. Be careful not to bite your lip or the inside of your cheek.
Your newly filled tooth may be sensitive to heat or cold for a few days to weeks after your procedure. Your dentist will give you instructions before you leave the office.
Call the Towson Dental office at 410-339-5858 to schedule an appointment, or fill out the form. We’re always accepting new patients!