What Is A Tooth Filling?

What Is A Tooth Filling?

Team General Dentistry

From the time kids are old enough to understand their trips to the dentist, they long to hear the phrase, no cavities. Adults are elated with the same. Though, according to the National Institute of Health, approximately 92% of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have had cavities in their permanent teeth. 

A tooth filling is a routine method for treating dental cavities. Let’s take a closer look. 

A tooth filling - sometimes referred to as a dental filling - is a restorative dental procedure used to repair teeth with cavities caused by tooth decay. And once the decay is cleared out, the filling is added. In a sense, it is comparable to filling in a pothole to make the road more even and smooth. 

In years past, metal amalgam fillings were the go-to for dentists. However, due to mercury concerns, fillings made of composite resin are the most highly recommended  - and they blend beautifully with your teeth. 

Signs you may need a filling: 

  • Toothache that seems to appear for no reason
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Pain when biting down
  • Visible holes in a tooth
  • Dark discoloration

If you have a cavity that requires a filling, you will want to act quickly. As long as it is left untreated, the tooth decay will continue to spread and wreak havoc within your tooth - and ultimately your mouth. This may result in the need for a more extensive filling or a root canal if it makes its way into the tooth's pulp. 

What the Tooth Filling Procedure Looks Like

So, what can you expect with a tooth filling procedure? If your dentist has determined that you have a cavity and that a tooth filling may be the best way to address it, then knowing what to expect can make the process a breeze. 

Local anesthesia will be administered so the area will remain numb and you will not feel any pain during the procedure. And once it kicks in, the dentist will begin drilling to remove all of the tooth decay. Testing the area with a special dental tool will confirm that all of it has been removed. Or, if necessary, the dentist can continue drilling. 

All decay needs to be cleared out and the area cleaned up before the filling material is placed. The chosen material will be used and the filling will seal the tooth. The dentist will ensure that proper bite function is obtained and that it feels normal. Any time the bite feels a little off, the dentist can file down the filling to allow for a more natural feel. 

The entire timeframe for the procedure can be between 30 and 60 minutes, depending on the details of your particular cavity. 

Tooth Fillings at Chagrin Falls Dental

If you are showing signs of a cavity, you may be in need of a tooth filling. The team at Chagrin Falls Dental routinely performs this procedure and can help you to find relief - and save your natural tooth. Being proactive with your dental care by getting routine cleanings and exams can help reduce your chance of needing a filling. 

To learn more or to schedule an appointment, contact us today at 440-247-8641  Or, request an appointment online.