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We value questions from our patients. If you ever have a question about your dental care or our practice, don’t hesitate to ask us.
We’ve collected a few of our more commonly asked questions. Check and see if your question is asked and answered here. If you need more information, just let us know!
Most of us learn early in life that we need to keep our teeth clean or else we will get a cavity. Unfortunately, we are also trained that we’d better not get a cavity or else we will need a “filling”. To take some of the scary out of the process, let’s discuss exactly what goes down when we need a filling.
What Is a Filling?
A filling is a tooth restoration used to repair a tooth that has been damaged due to decay or fracture. The most common application for a filling is on the chewing surface of our back teeth, so let’s use that for our example.
How Do Cavities Occur?
A cavity starts in the grooves of our back teeth when food gets stuck in them and isn’t cleaned out well enough. This cavity starts to eat away at the tooth structure and creates a hole in the tooth. When the hole gets deep enough, it will start to cause pain and dental abscess, or sometimes worse effects.
Creating a Filling
To stop the process of tooth decay, all of the affected structure of the tooth has to be removed by a dentist. When all of the soft decayed teeth is cleaned out, there is a hole in the remaining healthy tooth that has to be ‘filled’. A tooth-colored filling will be placed in the space created by the cavity and bonded to the remaining healthy tooth. The earlier a cavity is detected, the smaller the filling will be and the better the prognosis.
Different Fillings for Different Purposes
Other types of filling are used for different purposes. Tooth-colored dental bonding is used to repair front teeth that may have been damaged by some sort of trauma. Bonding can also be utilized to make minor aesthetic improvements in your smile. Another common type of filling is used to repair cavities between teeth, also known as flossing cavities. These cavities start where your toothbrush cannot reach and are very hard to detect early without dental x-rays.
Contact Us to Fill Your Cavities
No matter what the cause of filling or type of filling used, the most important part is that you will be comfortable while the repairs are made. Our friendly, professional staff and doctors will work hard to ensure you have the most pleasant visit possible. Contact our office today to schedule your appointment.
We thank Hollywood and all dentists over the age of 80 for this question. There is no more major misconception in dental care than the idea that dental care has to hurt.
Dental care doesn’t have to hurt.
With advances in anesthetic technique, there is no procedure in our service list that we can’t make comfortable. This also includes the especially dreaded root canals and extractions.
Our doctors will make sure that you are adequately numb and comfortable during any procedure. If you visited a dentist recently and experienced severe pain that you were told was “just part of it,” I’m sorry and that’s unfortunate and unnecessary. The only exception is dental infection. If a tooth is severely infected, there is no way to numb it. This will require antibiotic treatment and/or drainage before treatment.
To make your care pain-free, an injection of anesthetic is necessary. That means using a needle. If you have severe anxiety about needles or the procedure in general, we offer nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help you relax. Once we confirm the tooth or gum tissue that needs the treatment is properly numb, the rest of the procedure should be pain-free.
We will provide the utmost gentle dental care for all
The only way we know if you are in pain is if you tell us. Any time you feel something you don’t believe you should, be sure and let the doctor or hygienist know. They can make you more comfortable. You are safe with us. So schedule your appointment with Dental Solutions today! You can book online or call our Jonesboro office today at (870) 932-3151.