When teeth are damaged by decay, it is important to halt the damage as quickly as possible. Depending on the extent of the damage, fillings, inlays, or onlays may be used to restore the tooth to its full functionality.
One of the most common dental procedures, getting a filling requires two main steps: 1) removing the decay, and 2) filling in the cavity. To begin, a digital x-ray will be taken to determine the extent of the damage. In cases where the enamel has not been breached, you may not need anesthesia at all. Otherwise, the tooth will be numbed before treatment to minimize any discomfort.
A dental drill will be used to remove any decay from the treatment site. The area will be cleaned and disinfected, to ensure that the decay will not continue under the filling. Once this is done, the area will be prepped for receiving the filling.
Drs. Harder, Pham, and associates use tooth-colored fillings for our patients. This not only seals off the cavity but also allows you to go back into the world without a tell-tale mass of silver or black on the surface of the tooth. It also avoids placing any metals in the mouth that you may be allergic to and avoids creating a galvanic reaction or shock in patients with multiple fillings.