Have you ever had a cavity before? If you have never had a cavity, or even if you have, there are things you should know in order to have the cavity removed. Our dental professionals at Shull Family Dentistry are experts in taking care of your cavity needs.
What The Dentist Will Do Prior To Your Filling
In preparation for the cavity to be removed, the dentist will examine your tooth and they will determine the state of your cavity. This will help the dentist identify how much of a filling your tooth may need. Once the size of a cavity is determined, the dentist will prepare the tooth to be filled. In preparation for the cavity to be filled, the dentist will first clean the cavity. They will then check the tooth for sensitivity and take a set of x-rays.
During The Filling Procedure
Following the x-rays, the dentist will administer an anesthetic that will be injected into the tooth to numb it. After the tooth is numb, the dentist will remove the decay that is present. Once free of decay, the filling will be placed into the tooth cavity.
Bonding is another option to remove a cavity. If you opt for a tooth filling that is bonded, then the dentist will apply a special acid gel to assist in the bonding process. After an acid gel shapes the tooth, they will set a composite that will fill the cavity hole. The bonding of the composite will then take place.
After the bonding is complete, a blue light will be used for strengthening the bonding and curing the resin. Having the bonding cured also keeps a solid composite. The dentist may use the light more than once to ensure proper hardening of the composite.
Once The Filling Is Complete
Following your tooth being filled by the dentist, we will provide you with instructions on how to take care of your teeth. Your mouth may feel numb for an hour until the anesthetic wears off. You may also feel tooth sensitivity, which can occur after drinking cold liquids. To drink liquids, try drinking out of a straw to lessen the amount of liquid coming into contact with the sensitive area.
If you are experiencing sensitivity, it will improve after a few days. However, if you have persistent pain following the filling, you should call us right away. We will then determine the next course of action based on your description of the pain.
If the dentist advises you to make another appointment, then you should schedule it as soon as possible. The next appointment may involve the filling having to be replaced due to possible gaps or the seal not being complete. If those steps do not solve the pain you are experiencing, then we may have to desensitize the tooth.
When a dental filling is provided by us here at Shull Family Dentistry we will ensure that the filling is properly filled by our experts. Your tooth will be cared for as if it was our own. Give us a call today at 503-362-5019 for your dental filling.