It's always important to address dental issues while they are at an early stage to ensure quicker recovery and a reduced risk of potentially invasive procedures. A dental filling is one of the most common solutions to tooth decay available and is a straightforward and effective procedure. If you feel that you have a dental problem that could be addressed with the help of a dental filling please visit our office at Henricksen Family Dental so our professionals can take a look and decide whether a dental filling is a good solution for you.
What is a filling?
One of the most basic dental procedures is a dental filling. Basic, simple, and non-invasive, fillings are used to address various dental problems such as small cavities. This process consists of removing the decayed or infected portion of tooth and/or gum as well as any debris and bacteria, then filling the cavity left behind with the filling material of choice. This can include porcelain, gold, silver amalgam, and tooth-colored composite resin. The choice of material is often up to clients and the best option might differ depending upon the location of the cavity. Fillings in teeth near the front of your mouth, for example, should probably be filled using tooth-colored resin or porcelain so that they blend in with your natural teeth.
A Functional Option
Dental fillings are mean to be long-term solutions to cavities and are used to fill spaces left behind by decay or infection in order to prevent new infections from forming. They are therefore quite functional and should not interfere with your bite in any way nor should they be something you feel once the area has healed. Fillings will eventually feel just like a normal part of your natural tooth and while care should be taken to avoid putting undue stress upon them, they also don’t impact what you eat or drink.
A Quick Solution
The best part about a dental filling is that it requires no recovery time beyond waiting for the local anesthetic to wear off. Once you step out of our clinic you will be able to go back to your normal routine with virtually zero downtime. Some people even stop by our office during their lunch break to have a cavity filled and return to work right after. Our professionals can help you find a convenient appointment time.
A Natural Appearance
Silver amalgam used to be the material of choice for fillings, with more natural-colored options coming at a significantly higher price tag. As a result, many people have the misconception that fillings will look unnatural or otherwise call attention to themselves. Today’s dental fillings are far subtler and the use of tooth-colored resin has made it quite easy to create a natural-looking solution that does not stand out at all.
If you want to learn more about dental fillings or would like schedule a dental exam, please contact us at (360) 740-2119 or visit us at Henricksen Family Dental.