Oftentimes, having a mouth full of damaged teeth or cavities can decrease one’s self-esteem. If you have cavities or damaged teeth, chances are you need a dental filling. Dental fillings are a cosmetic option that will not only help improve your smile – it will increase your confidence as well.
What is the procedure for a dental filling?
First, Dr. Sinclair will use a local anesthetic to numb the affected area around the tooth or teeth to be filled. Depending on the size of the cavity or the extent of the decay, he may choose a drill, air abrasion instrument or a laser to remove the decayed area. Once the decay has been removed, he will prepare the area by making sure it is clean of all bacteria and debris.
Most fillings have multiple layers and require color matching. Dr. Sinclair will match your filling to the color of your teeth. A blue light (curing light) is used to harden the layers. He will then shape the filling and trim any excess material and polish the filling. The procedure can be completed with one office visit.
What are the types of dental fillings?
There are many types of dental fillings but the most commonly used are:
- Silver Amalgam Fillings (made of silver, tin, zinc, copper, and mercury; strong and long lasting; may expand and cause tooth cracks or spaces between other teeth)
- Composite Fillings (made of resin and plastic material; best for color matching; is not long lasting)
- Ceramic Fillings (made of porcelain; resistant to stains and abrasions; brittle material)
- Glass Ionomer Fillings (made of glass and acrylic; good for children; more likely to crack or wear out)
How do I care for my fillings?
Continue with your oral hygiene plan. Make routine visits for cleanings. Brush and floss your teeth at least twice a day. Be sure to use fluoride toothpaste and antibacterial mouthwash.
Schedule an appointment for a consultation
Dr. Cappy Sinclair and the team at Coastal Cosmetic Dentistry will restore your smile. Dental fillings are only one of the many cosmetic options offered to our patients. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.