People who visit dentists’ offices with tooth-decay related problems are often informed that their issues can be addressed with fillings. A filling refers to a material that is used to replace the enamel of decayed teeth to reduce the likelihood of infection. The material is used to plug off eroded and exposed spaces in the teeth, which may otherwise become breeding grounds for bacterial infections.
Dentists suggest that people should opt for check-ups for at least twice a year. It is through regular check-ups that your dentist can detect soft places where tooth decay may be in the process of creating cavities. It goes without saying, if cavities are detected at an early stage, you will be able to address your issues with fewer fillings and will be able to prevent further decay.
Your dentist will first ensure that you feel completely comfortable before he initiates the filling procedure. He may even administer a local anaesthesia in the gums that surround the affected tooth, depending on your condition. The numbing process will allow you to cope up with the process easily. However, you may still feel a little bit of pressure during the procedure. You dentist may even chose to shove off decayed enamel to remove the infected parts before he uses fillings on your teeth.
Decay may distort the natural shape of your teeth. Your dentist may choose to shape your affected tooth in such a way that it becomes easier for him to fit the filling properly. Your dentist may recommend a filling material depending on your budget and the type of look that you want to portray. Commonly, fillings appear in gold, silver, plastic or composite resin and even as porcelain structures. Depending on the type of filling that you choose for yourself, your doctor will follow specific procedures to fix it properly on your teeth.