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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:
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- like a pick- to tap/poke your teeth. This will help determine the severity of the decay. The sharp point goes into the decayed dentin and will make a pinging sound when removed, referred to as a "stick". You will hear and feel the pick, but it should not hurt.
This process is known as palpation and will help find occlusal decay, which is decay on the top/sides of your teeth. It is not effective for finding interproximal decay, which is decay that is between the teeth.
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:
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 Special Dental 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.
On average, the cost of dental fillings ranges from $200 to $1000, depending on the size of the filling and the material used. Most insurance plans will cover composite fillings up to the cost of a silver amalgam filling. However, you will be responsible for the difference. Before pursuing any dental treatment, it's important to find out what your dental plan covers and if you have other options for treatment that may cost less.
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