Excellent Ocoee Dentistry Treatments
One of the most common dental problems that a person can suffer from is tooth decay. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria that’s left in your mouth create acids that eat away at your tooth. These holes that are developed are known as cavities. While they can be painful and lead to infections or more serious dental conditions, they can thankfully be treated. As your dentistry providers in and around Ocoee, FL, we at Classic Smiles are glad to provide fillings to help with tooth decay.
What Are Fillings?
Fillings are restorative dentistry treatments that are used to repair tooth decay. They will essentially fill in the damaged areas of the teeth and return the tooth back to its normal function. A filling is also beneficial because it will close off the cavities where bacteria can enter and cause further tooth decay. If decay is allowed to progress, a tooth may need a more serious treatment, such as a root canal or a tooth extraction.
Our Ocoee Dental Filling Procedure
When you come in for your appointment at our Ocoee dental office, Drs. Baaqee will evaluate the tooth that is near decay and take the necessary steps to treat the infected tooth. The area where the anesthetic will be injected is first dried and have a numbing gel placed on it. After the numbing gel soaks in, the local anesthetic will be injected. Because of the gel’s effects, there will likely be no pain or discomfort. There will be a few minutes of waiting as the anesthetic takes effect and completely numbs the area that will be worked on. In some cases, a rubber dam or a similar material will be used to keep water or tooth chips from getting into the patient’s throat.
Our experienced Ocoee dentists will then use a dental drill to remove the part of the tooth that’s suffering from decay. A dental assistant will be holding a high-volume suction in the patient’s mouth to remove any excess water and tooth debris and keep the patient from gagging. After the decayed or damaged part of the tooth is removed, the dentist will replace the missing area of the tooth with a filling to give it a more solid structure and natural shape.
Types of Fillings
There are several types of fillings that can be used to fill a tooth. Here are the more popular types:
- Silver (Amalgam) Fillings – These fillings have withstood the test of time and have been used for over 100 years. They made for a popular filling material because they’re very durable and they’re also inexpensive. However, because of their dark color, they stand out and they’re not as aesthetically appealing as other modern treatment options.
- Gold Fillings – Much like silver fillings, these fillings are really durable and can even last about 20 years! While it’s a top choice for a filling material, it’s also very costly and it will take multiple visits to have one placed.
- White (Composite) Fillings – These fillings are tooth-colored and designed to match the appearance of your own teeth, giving off a natural appearance. Modern white fillings have grown in popularity not just because they provide the most aesthetically-pleasing look – they also make for a long-lasting dental restoration.
Contact Your Ocoee, FL, Dentist Today!
If you have any further questions about fillings, please don’t hesitate to contact us and let us know. If you’d like to schedule an appointment with our dentistry practice, we encourage you to give us a call at 407-293-3002. We can’t wait to hear from you!