One of the most routine parts of dental care is treating cavities, which is an area of decay in the tooth. When you have a cavity in your tooth, it's important that you schedule an appointment with the dental team at Legacy Dental. We are trained in a variety of dental care areas and can help you repair any issues that you have with your teeth.
First, the dentist will clean out the affected tooth, which leaves behind a hole. Then, the hole will be filled in and evened out so that it feels right and is protected against further decay.
There are 5 types of dental filling material. You may not be able to choose the material, but it does help to know your options:
If you are experiencing pain and/or sensitivity around one or more of your teeth, you may have a cavity or decay in that tooth. If a tooth is discolored, you may have a cavity. If a tooth collects food, or has a bad smell or taste you may have a cavity. If you are having pain and/or sensitivity, contact the clinic right away so that you can have it taken care of and get back to enjoying your favorite foods and beverages.
When you come in, the dentist will perform some simple tests to determine what your needs are:
The dentist will start by looking around your mouth, especially around the area where you are experiencing pain and/or sensitivity. At this time, the dentist will be looking for obvious signs of a cavity.
Following the visual assessment, the dentist will likely use a small instrument to feel your teeth. This will help determine the severity of the decay.
This probing will also identify other teeth that need to be further examined or problems not related to cavities. Decay is not the only thing that may cause pain/sensitivity around your teeth.
Once the visual assessment and palpation/probing is complete, the dentist will want to have some x-rays done to get a more in-depth look at your teeth. This will reveal the size/severity of the cavities/decay in your teeth.
When you make your appointment with the team at Legacy Dental in Salt Lake City, Utah, it's important that you know what to expect. Here's how the procedure will go:
The dentist will use a local anesthetic to comfortably numb the area surrounding the tooth that is going to be worked on.
Next, the dentist will remove the area that is decayed. The dentist will then probe/test the area as the decay is being removed to determine if the decay is fully removed. Once the decay is completely cleaned out, the space will be prepared for the filling by cleaning out any debris/bacteria that have been left behind. If the decay is close to the nerve, the dentist may put in a liner to protect the nerve- glass ionomer or composite resin are the most common. Once the filling material has been added, the dentist will finish/polish it.
If you have tooth-colored fillings, additional steps will be required. Once the decay is removed and the tooth-colored material is layered in the space. A specialized blue light is used to harden each layer. Once the layering process is complete, the dentist will shape the material and trim off any excess material and polish it.
If you have dental fillings, you should maintain good oral hygiene habits:
If you experience the following, it's important to contact Legacy Dental immediately. We are open Monday through Thursday 8 AM to 8 PM and Friday 8 AM to 5 PM. We are also open on Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM for your dental emergency needs.
If the dentist suspects that you have a crack in one of your fillings or it's leaking, x-rays will be taken to determine the next steps in treatment.
There are several reasons you may experience pain around your dental filling:
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