Left untreated, tooth decay results in pain, tooth loss, infection, and can even contribute to other serious infections elsewhere in the body.
It's hard to deny the fact that your tooth may need a filling, but you might still be worried about one thing: what should you expect?
Examination And Diagnosis
When you visit Dr. Gabriela Duares with a toothache, one of the first things she will do is take an x-ray. This allows her to see what is going on inside the tooth.
Once it's clear that your tooth needs a filling, she will schedule your appointment.
At The Filling Appointment
When you first get in the dental chair, Dr. Duares will numb your tooth with some anesthetic. After that sets in, she begins carefully cleaning away the decayed part of your tooth. She'll flush it out with water and perhaps place a special agent to make sure decay cannot easily return.
After that, it's time to place the actual filling, a white composite resin. Dr. Duares carefully smooths and shapes the filling and then cures it with a powerful light.
If the filling feels too high, Dr. Duares will carefully adjust it down. Next, she may use a piece of floss to check that the gap around the tooth isn't too tight.
All of this usually takes less than 30 minutes.
Regular dental checkups are important to ensure that your teeth are healthy. Dr. Duares may find a tooth that needs a filling long before it starts to bother you. The sooner you treat it, the healthier your teeth will be.
Contact Blooming Smiles Dental Studio to schedule a visit with Dr. Duares to see if you’re cavity free!
Posted on behalf of Blooming Smiles Dental Studio