Tooth decay, also known as dental caries, is caused by the acid-producing bacteria found in plaque. These acids eat away at the enamel (the outer-most layer of a tooth), leading to the formation of cavities. At Lakewood Dental Arts, we always try to treat a cavity before it progresses into a more serious complication.
There are several types of filling materials, some of which include:
Composite Filling Procedure
We begin the composite filling procedure by using a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, our doctors will remove any decayed tooth material and clean out the cavity.
Once the tooth is properly prepared, the filling material is placed. The filling is then trimmed and shaped to provide anatomy similar to the opposing teeth.
After You Receive a Dental Filling
Dental fillings are easy to care for and maintain. Be sure to follow good oral hygiene practices, and schedule checkups and cleanings at regular intervals. Brushing with ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste can help protect the tooth from further decay. Flossing once a day can also drastically improve your oral health.
Sensitivity issues are normal during the first few days with your new filling. If this issue persists or worsens over time, be sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible.
Schedule an Evaluation
If you would like to learn more about dental fillings, call (562) 384-1091, and schedule an appointment now!