Since 74% of adults believe that an unattractive smile can hurt them professionally, according to an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry survey, it’s extremely important that any dental issues are addressed as soon as possible. Dental fillings are one of the most popular treatments when it comes to professional dental care, but there are a few uncertainties involving these procedures.
Hopefully, this information will help you better understand dental fillings prior to your next dentist appointment. Here are some frequently asked questions that should help you prepare for your first dental fillings:
- How is a filling administered? — As soon as your dentist discovers a cavity in your mouth, you will likely be scheduled for a filling. Your dentist will numb the infected area with an aesthetic and then gently scrape away all the bad enamel surrounding the infected area. Then, he or she will use a drill to remove the rest of the bad enamel. Once the area is clean and free of all bacteria, the tooth is then filled and coated with an agent that looks like your natural teeth. If your nerve is exposed after the cleaning, a cover will be placed over it to prevent intense pain.
- Will a dental filling hurt? — Some patients admit to feeling some sensitivity after they receive a dental filling, but rarely does anyone experience intense pain during the procedure itself. In fact, if your cavity was previously causing pain, this restorative dentistry procedure may actually reduce pain. Though the tooth may be sensitive to pressure, air, sweet foods, or cold temperatures in the days following the appointment, these feelings won’t last for long. If you do feel pain that doesn’t go away with over-the-counter medication, contact your dentist right away.
- How long will a filling last? — Typically, as long as the filling was correctly placed and you are caring for it properly, it should last around 10 to 15 years. After 10 to 15 years, you will likely have to have the filling replaced.
- What are the most popular filling materials? — There are a few materials that dentists use to fill cavities, including amalgam silver, gold, and tooth-colored composites.
If you want to learn more about dental crowns, veneers, chipped teeth, or are hoping to receive a general teeth cleaning, give Stateline Dental a call today.