Tooth Cavity Filling: What To Expect

Posted on: September 16, 2018

If you have a cavity, there is no cause to worry. The typical treatment option available is to fill up the cavity. The procedure entails substituting decayed tooth material with fillings, which can be made from resin, ionomers, gold, amalgam, or ceramics.

What Should I Expect?

This may seem daunting, but the procedure for tooth cavity filling is relatively easy and forthright and is performed in the dentist’s office. If you have an appointment, you should plan to be with the dentist for at least an hour. Within this time, the dentist will have sufficient time to perform x-rays, if required, discuss the process with you and perform the operation.

First, the dentist will desensitize your mouth

Before the dentist commences cavity filling, your gums, teeth, and adjoining skin will be rendered numb to lessen pain during the process. They will do this by rubbing a jelly-like substance to the teeth and its surrounding. This will make you numb, then the gum of the affected tooth will be injected with an anesthetic. Depending on the dentist, you may also be given laughing gas (nitrous oxide) to calm you down if you usually get nervous at the dentist. 

Afterward, your teeth may get a rubber dam

In some situations, the dentist may place a rubber sheet in your mouth to enable easy access to the affected tooth. It also helps to stop liquid or tooth chips from getting into your mouth or down your throat.

They will get rid of the decay

Afterward, the teeth expert will drill out the decayed material in the tooth using a laser, drill, or air abrasion tool. This part may sound scary, and painful, but the anesthetics and numbing applied at the start will significantly reduce the pain. When your tooth is entirely free of decay, the dentist will proceed to clean the area carefully.

Lastly, the cavity gets a filling

The process of removing the decayed material leaves a space in the tooth. At the stage, the dentist will fill the space up with any of the filling material mentioned above. The hole has to be filled to prevent bacteria buildup in the area and shield your teeth from further decay.

After filling the cavity, they will file and smooth the tooth to ensure it does not interfere with your chewing. This process will be complete in a few minutes. 

After completing the process, the numbness in your mouth will persist for another couple of hours until the anesthetic wears off. During that period, do not chew using the affected tooth or eat hot meals, so you do not cause injury to yourself. You should note that the filled tooth may be sensitive to cold and heat for several days or a week after the operation. Usually, the sensitivity will disappear on its own.

Final Note

Tooth cavity filling typically poses no significant risk, however, you should stay in touch with your dentist if you have inquires or complications. They will be glad to address your worries. Ensure you follow every recommendation proffered by the dentist.

We are always ready to answer any qeustions you may have and help guide you in making the best decision. Conctact us today! 

Request a dental appointment here: https://www.angelafennell.com or call Angela S. Fennell DMD, PC at (256) 660-3089 for an appointment in our Huntsville dental office.


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