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Composite Cavity Filling Procedure What to Expect

Akeem AJAYI BDS, DDS
Akeem AJAYI BDS, DDS

General and Cosmetic Dentist

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Dental fillings are a common dental procedure that is used to treat cavities or decay in teeth. If you have a cavity or tooth decay, your dentist will likely recommend a tooth filling to restore the tooth’s function and prevent further damage. In this blog post, we will discuss the process of getting a tooth filling and what you can expect.

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Examination and Diagnosis:

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When you visit Keem smile dentistry to get a tooth filling procedure, Our Dentist first has to diagnose you with a cavity before doing the tooth filling procedure. The way to detect a cavity is to take Xray and physically examine the tooth. Even when a cavity is obvious, an Xray is still needed to accurately     identify the extent of the damage. Xray and exam are and combined to make a diagnosis. This is the first step in getting a tooth filling. Our Dentist needs to know how deep the cavities are and if we will be able to successfully clean out the cavity without exposing the nerve or even if a filling would work as a solution for the hole in your tooth. If you have a cavity, our dentist will recommend a tooth filling.

Numbing the area:

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Before the filling procedure begins, your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. This will help to alleviate any pain or discomfort during the procedure.

Removing the decay:

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Once the area is numb, your dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth using a drill or laser. The dentist will remove all the decayed areas until only healthy tooth structure remains.

Preparation of the tooth:

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After removing the decayed parts, the tooth will be prepared for the filling. This involves cleaning the area and preparing it for the filling.

Placement of the filling:

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The filling material is then placed into the prepared tooth, and your dentist will shape and polish the filling to ensure that it fits comfortably and looks natural. The filling materials used can be either silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin.

Checking your bite:

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After the filling has been placed, your dentist will check your bite to ensure that it is comfortable and that the filling is not too high. If the filling is too high, it can cause discomfort or interfere with your bite.

Post-treatment care:

Your dentist will give you instructions on how to take care of your filling. You should avoid chewing hard foods or biting down on the filling until it has set completely. You should also continue to brush and floss regularly to maintain good oral hygiene.

In conclusion, getting a tooth filling is a simple and routine dental procedure. Expect a smooth experience.

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