Cavities are a very common dental issue, for both adults and children. That makes dental fillings one of the most common dental treatments. Here’s everything you need to know about getting a filling.
Fillings can be made of a variety of materials.
The procedure to place a filling is quick and fairly painless. First, an anesthetic is applied to the area around the affected tooth. The decay is then removed from the tooth, along with any debris. Once the tooth is clear, the filling is put in place, cleaned, and shaped and polished.
The effects of the anesthetic may remain for a few hours following the treatment, so even though the tooth may be used as normal, you should be careful when chewing to avoid biting the cheek. There may be some sensitivity or pain in the tooth and/or surrounding teeth. This should go away in a week or two. If it remains longer than that, contact your dentist to have it checked. Care for a tooth that has been treated with a filling is the same as for the natural teeth – regular brushing and flossing will prevent the need for future fillings.