A filling is a dental restoration used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a special, tooth-colored filling.
The filling strengthens the tooth structure, restores the normal function of the tooth, and helps prevent further decay.
What are the Different Types of Fillings?
Dental fillings fall into two general categories: direct and indirect.
- Direct fillings are fillings placed right in the cavity after the dentist cleans and prepares the tooth.
- Indirect fillings, on the other hand, are fillings that the dentist makes outside of the mouth and then places into the cavity.
What Happens During a Dental Filling?
Before the procedure begins, your doctor will numb the tooth with a local anesthetic. For patients with dental anxiety, we also offer sedation dentistry, which can help you feel more relaxed throughout any procedure. Once your tooth is numb, the dentist will use a drill to remove part of your tooth enamel to create space for your filling. We will shape the tooth so that the filling will be strong and able to properly support your tooth. Then, we will place the filling material into the tooth and use a bright light to harden its shape.
After the filling is in place, your dentist in Joliet IL will remove any excess filling material. Then, we will check your bite to make sure it's correct.
What Should I Expect After a Dental Filling?
A dental filling will help restore the function of your tooth and improve the appearance of your smile. After the procedure, you may experience minor discomfort or sensitivity. This can be relieved using over-the-counter pain medication. If your tooth was sensitive to hot or cold before the filling, then it will likely still be sensitive afterward.
How Should I Care for My Tooth?
You should take care of your tooth by brushing and flossing. You should also have regular dental checkups so that your dentist can make sure your teeth stay healthy.
Please let us know the cause of your dental problems. It can be a fractured tooth, candy bars, popcorn or any other food. We need to know you to take the right approach. We are here to understand you. Talk to us.
At Dentistry with a Smile, we offer the best dental care possible to each of our patients in a positive and relaxing environment. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us at (815) 254-2668 or visit us at 2716 Caton Farm Rd, Joliet, IL 60435.