Current statistics show that American adults have, on average, three dental fillings. This means that the average American adult has struggled with tooth decay and cavities. When a tooth succumbs to decay, the decay eats away at the tooth and a cavity forms. Fortunately, the affected tooth can be saved with dental fillings, which remove the decay, prevent any infection from spreading, and fill in the area of the tooth that’s been damaged.
Dental fillings can also restore teeth that have become broken, cracked, or severely worn down.
Dental fillings are one of the most commonly performed restorative dentistry procedures at Golden’s Bridge Family Dentistry.
When you visit our Katonah clinic for a dental filling, we’ll do everything we can to make sure you are well informed about the procedure, and more importantly, that you’re completely comfortable in the dentist’s chair.
At the start of the procedure, we usually administer a local anesthetic to numb the site. You won’t feel anything besides some pressure while the tooth decay is being removed, and the cavity is filled. To excavate the cavity, we may use a laser, a drill, or a specialized air abrasion instrument to rid the tooth of decay and infection completely.
Once the decay has been removed, your dentist will clean and prepare the tooth to hold the filling substance. Sometimes the tooth’s root is nearly exposed, and if this is the case, this area will be further protected before the dental filling is placed in or on the tooth.
There are a few types of materials that can be used for dental fillings, and each comes with their own set of procedural steps.
Your dentist will discuss with you the options for dental filling material. What you decide to move forward with will be dependent upon your personal preferences and the cost, as insurance coverage may play a role.
At Golden’s Bridge Family Dentistry, we offer plastic, gold, silver amalgam, porcelain, composite resin, and glass ionomer. Your knowledgeable dentist will advise you on the best option for your dental filling.
Our talented team at Golden’s Bridge Family Dentistry is fully committed to your oral health, comfort, and safety. We deliver the best oral health care in Katonah, NY.