Why are Fillings Necessary?
Bacteria find their way into your mouth from many different sources. Over time, bacteria forms layers called plaque over parts of your teeth. Every day that you let this bacteria live in your mouth, they release acid. This acid wears your teeth down and causes decay.
In time, tooth decay will cause holes in your teeth. That’s what cavities are. Your teeth cannot repair themselves from cavities but Devonshire Dental can help.
How are Fillings Done?
Fillings are simple in concept.
1. After a tooth cleaning to remove plaque buildup,
2. A drill is used to follow the path made by bacteria. All bacteria will be drilled out.
3. The hole in the tooth is refilled by a hard, tooth-like barrier. The material used in fillings can be selected by yourself or your dentist.
4. The barrier keeps more bacteria from re-entering the hole, where brushing can’t affect it.
Before drilling, your dentist will numb your tooth to make the procedure painless. This will commonly be accomplished with the use of a numbing gel, then an anesthetic shot so the drill won’t hurt.
After having a tooth filled, your mouth will likely be numb for a few hours. The feeling is unusual, but not at all bad. If you’ve never experienced it before, you’ll enjoy exploring that part of your mouth with your tongue, not feeling a thing.
Why are Fillings So Scary?
Because of the shot and the drill. Everyone knows the sound of a dentists drill whining. And yes, it used to hurt. Even as recently as thirty years ago, anesthetic and application techniques were still a little uncertain. Presently, the science of painkillers has reached a high level of technological expertise. Most customers are not actually afraid of pain from the drill… they’re afraid of pain from the shot used to deliver the painkiller!
Pain during the shot is closely related to the skills of the dentist. Empathy is just as important as technical expertise. If your dentist believes that shots do not have to be painful, he will work conscientiously towards the goal of making shots painless. He should tell you exactly what to expect and use the technique that will work best for you. Common techniques involve drying the area, using numbing gel, or small distractions for the patient.
And remember, whether the shot hurts a little, a lot, or not at all, it’s very likely to be the only pain you’ll experience in your whole stay at your dentist. You’ll feel the pressure of the drill, you’ll hear the whine, and you’ll likely smell the tooth being whisked away but it won’t hurt.
Tooth-colored fillings have a number of advantages over traditional fillings. Firstly, as the name suggests, they blend into your smile better. In fact, we’ll take the extra time to make sure your filling is perfectly color matched for you. Plus, it is actually better at restoring your teeth as well. Metal fillings don’t actually bond to your enamel, meaning your dentist would have to remove more of your tooth to create a pocket for it to sit in. This significantly weakens your tooth and makes it more likely to break over time. Tooth-colored fillings, however, bond directly to your enamel, meaning more of your tooth’s natural structure is left intact. This means the tooth will look better, last longer, and you’ll get an overall better result.