Cavities and tooth decay are the most common dental complaint requiring professional attention. Rex Hoang, DMD, at DC Dental Spa is experienced at providing tooth fillings that prevent further damage if you’re suffering from cavities or tooth decay. Call their Washington, D.C., office or schedule an appointment online today to protect your long-term oral health.
Tooth fillings are materials used to fill teeth damaged by cavities. Fillings prevent further damage and decay by blocking bacteria from entering your healthy tooth structures and filling in the spaces where they like to settle.
Dr. Rex can create fillings from a variety of different materials. The most common filling materials include:
At DC Dental Spa, your dentist chooses the best filling material for you based on factors such as your budget, any allergies you have, the potential for wear-and-tear in the filled area, and the location of the filling.
For example, if the tooth getting a filling is in the front of your mouth where it will be more visible, you’ll likely want one made from composite resin. With this material, your dentist can match the color of the filling to that of your natural teeth.
Dr. Rex begins the process by numbing the area with local anesthetic and removing all existing tooth decay from your tooth. They then clean and shape the leftover space, removing the tooth decay by drilling through your enamel.
It’s important all existing tooth decay and bacteria be removed before adding the filling. If left behind, bacteria continue to wreak havoc with your oral health.
Once they’ve removed the tooth decay and cleaned and shaped the area getting the filling, your dentist applies etching, which is an acid gel that helps the filling bond to your tooth.
After etching, your dentist fills your tooth with either a composite resin, amalgam, gold, or porcelain filling material. They conclude the process by shaping and polishing your new filling so it fits seamlessly with your bite and smile.
The process of getting a filling can be uncomfortable, especially when your dentist is drilling through the tooth enamel and cleaning out tooth decay. To ease your discomfort, your dentist applies a local anesthetic before performing the procedure, and often even a topical anesthetic to ease discomfort from the local anesthetic injection.
If you suspect you have a cavity that requires a filling, call DC Dental Spa or schedule an appointment online today.