As someone that endured as many fillings as I had teeth as a youngster, this article has a special place in my heart. Continue reading for an extensive step-by-step of what really goes on when you have a filling procedure.
It’s important to note that fillings are both a corrective and preventative procedure. We get them when there is decay in one or more teeth, and bacteria begin to grow a hole that will eventually amass to an infection. In order to prevent further bacteria growth and a possible root canal, action is taken to stop this process.
One begins the filling procedure by having your mouth looked at by the dentist of your choice. X-rays and examination allow the dentist to locate the exact tooth in which bacteria growth has begun. A thorough look at the teeth and gums will tell the dentist the exact action needed to be taken next.
Possible the most important step is the anesthetic. This ensures the least amount of pain possible for the remainder of the procedure. Anesthetics of choice would be a localized numbing agent followed by an injection of more potent anesthetics.
Removing the Decay
By using a drill, your dentist will then proceed to remove all existing decay in, on or near the tooth. A refined drill may be used to get into tighter spaces to ensure all decay is removed.
Filling the Tooth
Through a combination of bonding agents and the filling material, which is usually a tooth-colored composite mixture, the dentist will then fill in any missing space on the tooth that was removed previously. Finally, the combination of materials is cured using a handheld device pointed at the filling site for up to a few seconds.
Polish and Bite
Following the filling, the policing process will ensue. It is important you let your dentist know if your filling feels odd or obstructs your bite in any way so they can make the adjustments necessary.