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DENTAL FILLINGS

A dental filling consists of material that is installed on your teeth by a dentist in order to fill in a small hole that has been eaten away in your tooth. The acids released by leftover food material in your mouth are constantly working to erode the outer enamel of your teeth. This generally happens as a result of poor brushing and flossing habits, because it leaves food particles in place on your teeth. Once the enamel has been eaten away by these acids, the much softer interior material of the tooth can be eroded much more quickly.

In order to prevent this from happening, a tooth filling will be necessary. Dental fillings are sometimes used to repair teeth that have been cracked or broken or have been damaged due to tooth grinding or nail-biting. When a tooth filling is actually installed, your dentist will generally numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic. Then a drill will be used to remove all the material which has become decayed. Once all this decay is removed, the affected area will be thoroughly cleaned of bacteria and any leftover debris.

Once the filling material has been put in place, it will be appropriately shaped, polished, and finished. When a tooth-colored composite is being used for the filling, it has to be installed in layers. Each of these layers is cured or hardened by a special light which accelerates the curing process. After this has been accomplished, the tooth will be shaped to the appropriate configuration and polished to complete the process.

DENTAL FILLINGS IN OCOEE, FL

Dental fillings are most often needed when patients have poor brushing and flossing habits and sometimes skip their regularly scheduled dental appointments. This allows food acids to eat away at your tooth enamel and expose the interior tooth material to further damage. If ignored for any length of time, a toothache will quickly develop into a cavity which may cause significant pain. When acids on your teeth are allowed to progress past the enamel layer, the much softer interior is more sensitive and will be more painful as acids eat through it.

The best way to prevent all this from happening is to brush and floss after meals, and to make sure to keep your regularly scheduled dental appointments. This will keep food acids in check, and minimize the formation of harmful plaque on your teeth. When fillings are necessary, make sure to arrange for a dental appointment at our Ocoee, FL clinic. We’ll make sure that any cavities are thoroughly filled in, so that no further damage can be done to your tooth.

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If you’re experiencing a toothache, you may well have a cavity that needs to be professionally treated. Contact us at our Ocoee, FL dental clinic so we can examine your teeth thoroughly, and deal with any cavities which may have formed since your last visit. We will also be sure to clean your teeth well, so there is no remaining plaque left in place to harm your teeth.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q: Why do I need a filling?

A: When food is not removed from your mouth after eating, it stays on your teeth and releases small amounts of acid and bacteria. These accumulate and gradually eat away at the enamel of your teeth, and can then penetrate deeper into the tooth. This forms a cavity, and the cavity must be filled or it will continue to eat away at the interior of the tooth.

Q: What types of fillings are available?

A: In the past, most fillings were made of silver amalgam, but nowadays most patients prefer that that a tooth-colored composite filling be used. This is much less detectable in your mouth, so no one will really know you had cavities.

Q: What happens after I have a filling put in?

A: Assuming you’ve had a composite filling installed, it will be cured immediately afterward. This means you can eat or drink whatever you want as soon as the filling has been installed. There may be some sensitivity to hot or cold food or drink, but this will subside quickly.

Q: How can I avoid needing fillings in the future?

A: The best way to prevent cavities is to brush and floss your teeth regularly, preferably after meals so any food material can be removed from your teeth. You should also make sure to keep your 6-month dental appointments, so your dentist can remove harmful plaque.

Q: How long will the fillings in my mouth last?

A: With regular care, your fillings will last somewhere between three and seven years, and in some cases even longer than that. It will depend on the type of filling installed, and how conscientious you are about caring for your teeth.

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