Nearly everyone, at some point in their lives, experiences a cavity. The key to preventing cavities from becoming more significant problems is early treatment. We understand that many of our patients might have anxiety about getting a cavity filled; technology paired with chairside compassion allows us to make the process of getting a cavity filled a smooth, stress-free experience.
Cavities, also known as dental caries, are decayed parts of the tooth that turn into holes. Cavities are caused by bacteria, excess sugar in the foods that you eat, and not cleaning your teeth well enough. If left untreated, cavities can lead to tooth decay, infection, and pain.
Teeth with more advanced decay may require a tooth extraction or a crown, but the large majority of cavities are treated with fillings.
Getting a filling is a routine procedure that is done in the office.
Your dentist first anesthetizes your mouth to minimize any pain or discomfort. Then, your dentist will remove the decay from the tooth. Once the decay is removed, your dentist will fill the cavity with a resin composite filling. It’s white and made to match the color of your tooth!
You may experience numbness of the mouth up to two hours after your procedure. Once the numbness has worn off, it is common to experience some sensitivity. Your dentist may suggest over-the-counter medications for pain.
Taking care of your fillings the way you would care for your natural teeth. Regular dental visits, twice daily brushings and daily flossing will keep your fillings clean of debris and bacteria. Your dentist may recommend avoiding hard or sticky foods to extend the life of your fillings.
Prevention is key to maintaining your oral health! Prevent cavities by regular brushing and flossing, avoiding sugary food and drinks, and seeing your dentist every six months for a cleaning and exam.
Have questions about how best to improve your dental hygiene and oral health? Speak with a member of our team! We understand that preventative dental care is one of the most important things you can do for your health.
As a local dentist in Norwood, MN, we are your friends, neighbors, and community members. We lead with compassion, understanding that many of our patients experience anxiety when it comes to visiting the dentist. From our in-office technologies to reduce discomfort to our utmost care and attention to your wellbeing, our team is committed to changing the way you think about dentistry.
Join the Norwood Dental family! Call and speak with a member of our team today to schedule your appointment.