Dental fillings are designed to correct cavities, minimal tooth fractures, or damaged surfaces of the teeth. Filling material such as composite or ceramic is used to even out the surface of a tooth so that you’ll have an easier time biting or chewing. If you are in need of a dental checkup in Raleigh, NC contact us today.
Do I Need a Dental Filling?
If you have a mild or moderately sized cavity, you are likely a candidate for a dental filling. You may also benefit from a filling if you have a cracked or broken tooth, or teeth that have been worn down over the years. By visiting the dental team at Wainright & Wassel DDS, you can find out whether a filling makes sense for you.
How Dental Fillings Work?
Dental fillings are very simple. One of our dentists will begin by using a local anesthetic to numb the areas that surround the tooth that need to be filled. Next, they will thoroughly clean your tooth and remove any damaged tissue. Then, they will carefully place the filling. You can expect for the filling material to be applied in layers, hardened with a curing light, and polished to create a smooth surface. Most dental fillings can be completed in less than an hour.
What to Do After Receiving a Filling
Once you’ve received a filling, it’s important that you take good care of it. We encourage our patients to follow a typical oral health routine of brushing their teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste while flossing on a daily basis. In addition, we promote regular dental checkups.
Schedule an Appointment at Wainright & Wassel DDS
To determine whether you need a filling, do not hesitate to schedule an appointment at Wainright & Wassel DDS by calling 919-847-1322. After conducting an oral exam and taking some x-rays, we’ll let you know if a filling is right for you. In the event that is, you can count on us to make getting a dental filling as comfortable and painless as possible.
Pain for a Cracked Tooth or Molar
If you have severe pain from a cracked tooth or molar there is a good chance this cavity has been “eating away” at your tooth for quite some time. While some patients feel as if they can handle the pain, it becomes a health concern with the root of the tooth becomes exposed. No matter how high your pain tolerance, having an exposed tooth is an indescribable feeling. Falling asleep at night is nearly impossible and eating anything on that side of one’s mouth is not an option. Rather than letting a cracked tooth or molar continue to get worse, we suggest calling our office as soon as possible. This will allow us to get you in and let one of our dentists determine how we can solve this immediate issue.