Most people are familiar with dental fillings. In fact, most people have had at least one tooth filled by the time they reach adulthood. But do you know exactly what dental fillings are and why they are commonly used to treat cavities? Talent Dental is proud to be available to the patients of Rancho Cucamonga, CA to promote oral health. Tooth fillings are one of the many treatments we provide to do this.
A dental filling consists of material that fills in the area of a tooth after the decayed tooth structure has been removed. This is beneficial for the tooth because the decay can no longer harm the tooth and cause more damage, and the structure is restored to the tooth to allow it to be used as normal again.
Several different materials can be used for dental fillings, such as amalgam, ceramic, and glass ionomer, but the most commonly used material is composite. This is because it is fairly strong and durable, bonds to the tooth well, and can be colored to match the surrounding teeth to result in a more natural-looking treatment.
The treatment for dental fillings is a fairly simple one and can be completed in just one visit. However, if there are multiple cavities, your dentist at Talent Dental may need to schedule additional appointments to have those placed.
Cavities are usually detected during a routine exam. To treat them, your dentist will first remove the decayed areas. The tooth will be numbed for the procedure, so while you may feel pressure from the instruments, you won’t feel any pain. After the decay has been completely removed from the tooth, your dentist will clean the area to prepare it for the filling. When composite fillings are used, they will be applied in layers. Each layer will be cured, or hardened, using a special light before the next layer is applied. This helps to strengthen the filling. Once all the filling material has been placed, your dentist will trim off any excess material and polish the filling to produce a more natural appearance.
If you suspect you have cavities, make an appointment to receive a dental filling.