Fillings are a common dental procedure and may help to restore health and shape of a tooth that has been damaged by a cavity or decay. To prepare a tooth for a filling, the dentist will dispose of the damaged area of the tooth, cleanse around it, and then fill in the tooth with a compound that will conform to the form and shape of the rest of the tooth.
Fillings are designed to fill the holes left which are left in a tooth after serious tooth decays, or after the tooth develops holes from other oral trauma or after necessary dental work. Although tooth fillings are a relatively standard procedure, a remarkably large amount of people has problems with tooth fillings later in life. Although some problems that arise with tooth fillings are down to an overall decline in the patient's standards of oral hygiene, some problems occur because the dentist who did the fillings did not follow all of the necessary safety precautions. If you think that you may need a tooth filling and you do not already have a regular dentist, then it is very important that you are able to find a good, local dentist to do your dental work for you.
As a Fairhope, AL dentist fillings help to prevent further decay of the damaged tooth by blocking off the area where bacteria enter the teeth, i.e. the cavity. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, and amalgam, silver and composite resin. There is no single type of filling that is best, as several factors must be considered when choosing a filling. These factors include the shape of your tooth, your reaction to the materials to be used, which tooth needs to be filled and the amount of repair required. If you are in pain or think that you may have a tooth that needs a filling please call us at SweetWater Dentistry to schedule a consult! 251-550-7770