One of the more common oral health issues discovered during scheduled cleanings is decay caries cavity.
We will examine suspected teeth using a dental probe and caries detecting liquid, as well as take an X-ray to determine the extent and the exact location of the cavity and decay.
Once it is determined that a filling is needed, we will advise you of your options for filling and sealing the cavity to prevent further decay and damage to the tooth. Based on your medical history, location of the cavity, aesthetic needs, biting force, durability, cost, number of visits necessary and your preference, we will decide together with you which filling option is your best option.
These options include direct composite fillings and gold or ceramic inlays/onlays made in a dental laboratory.
Depending on what your best option is, the dentist are may be able to complete your filling immediately. In preparation for treatment, the area surrounding the affected tooth will be anesthetized (numbed) using a local anesthetic.
The dentist will begin the dental filling procedure by preparing the tooth and necessary surrounding areas in order to restore the damaged area. The decay or damage is removed with a dental hand-piece, and the area is cleansed to remove bacteria or debris before the restoration is completed.
The first step in performing a composite filling procedure involves isolation of the tooth. Tooth isolation is critical in a composite restoration, because it prevents moisture from interfering with the bonding process.
The bonding procedure requires the placement of various adhesives followed by the composite material, which is then hardened with a special bonding light. The completed composite restoration is both functional and natural looking.
For high quality and long life fillings like inlays / onlays we need 2 sessions.
During the first session the dentist will clean the tooth, prepare the cavity, make an impression for the laboratory, take a bite print and will close the tooth with a temporary filling.
After short time the dentist will fix the filling in a second session.
After the cavity has been filled we will discuss steps you can take to prevent decay from forming under or around the filling, or in other teeth.
Brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste and flossing with dental floss or an interdental cleaner once a day is advisable. Keeping appointments with us and our hygienist for routine check-ups and teeth cleanings
Also, since diet and nutrition affect oral health, it will be important to maintain a balanced diet and limit your intake of sugary foods and drinks, and between meal snacks.