Bacteria in your mouth consume sugars, forming plaque, a sticky biofilm that can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Neglecting oral care and consuming sugary substances can accelerate enamel damage, resulting in cavities that require dental fillings for restoration.
Untreated cavities can infect the dental pulp, requiring the removal of decay to protect against further damage. Dental restorations, such as composite resin or silver amalgam fillings, are carefully matched to the cavity's size and shape. They restore the tooth's strength and appearance while preventing bacterial reentry. By addressing the decay and preserving the tooth's integrity, effectively safeguarding against deterioration and promote optimal oral health.
Your dentist prioritizes your comfort and ensures a pain-free experience by administering a local anesthetic to numb the specific tooth, jaw, and surrounding gums. This ensures that you won't feel any discomfort during the procedure. Once the anesthetic takes effect and the area is completely numb, your dentist will skillfully and gently remove the decayed portion of the tooth using a precise dental drill. This step is essential to eliminate any traces of decay and prepare the tooth for the filling.
Next, your dentist will meticulously place the dental filling material into the cavity, carefully shaping it to match the natural contours of your tooth. The chosen dental filling, whether it be composite resin or silver amalgam, is expertly selected to provide the best combination of durability, aesthetics, and functionality. The filling material is skillfully layered and bonded to the tooth, restoring its structural integrity and preventing further decay or damage.