Dental Filling Richmond, VA
Keeping your teeth in tip-top shape is our passion at Fred Knaysi DDS, PC. We find that if you want to keep your mouth healthy it takes a decent amount of education on a few basic oral hygiene habits and it doesn’t hurt to know a thing or two about the procedures that go on at our office. If you find yourself nervous about an upcoming procedure, have no fear! With our gentle touch, you won’t feel a thing and we will have you fixed up as good as new in no time. One of the most common procedures that people need to have done is a filling.
Reasons for a Dental Filling
A dental filling is used to restore a tooth that has experienced a small to medium amount of decay. If you forget to brush and floss enough, plaque will begin to build up on the surfaces of your teeth. Plaque is a sticky substance that is made of the bad bacteria that live in your mouth and feed on the leftovers of food that you eat. As plaque congregates on your teeth, it begins to eat away at the enamel of your tooth, which is the protective coating of the tooth. If plaque manages to make its way through the enamel, there is a good chance you will need a filling.
Think of fillings as you would a permanent band-aid for your tooth. Because there is no way to regrow enamel and the other substances that make up the structure of your tooth, we must remove the infection and place a filling in its place.
What Does a Filling Involve?
The procedure to have a filling placed is a fairly straight forward one. The first step is to ensure your comfort by administering an anesthetic or numbing agent. If you feel nervous about the procedure, we totally understand and have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) available to help you feel comfortable and calm. Once we are certain that you are comfortable we can begin the procedure.
The procedure itself consists simply of drilling out the infected portion of the tooth and replacing it with the filling material.
What Are Composite Fillings?
Composite fillings are also commonly known as tooth colored fillings. We mix a combination of glass, plastic and a composite resin to perfectly match the color of your teeth. We place this mixture in the drilled cavity of your tooth and set it in place permanently with a special ultraviolet light. Composite fillings are generally able to save a lot of your natural tooth from needing to be drilled.
What Are Amalgam Fillings?
Amalgam fillings are also often called silver fillings. These are the big, metallic fillings that many people often think of when they hear the word “filling”. Amalgam fillings are made of a variety of different metals and are safe for use in dentistry according to the ADA. Amalgam fillings have a few drawbacks but are more cost effective than their composite counterparts. Amalgam fillings require a decent amount of the tooth to be drilled in order for them to be successful.
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