Dental fillings are used to fill cavities found in teeth. At Salinas Dental Group in Houston, we realise that cavities are a common problem. Many adults are familiar with dental fillings, but those who never had cavities before might not know much about them.

A filling can be made of different types of materials. There are gold, silver, composite resin, porcelain, and ceramic fillings. Since composite resin, porcelain, and ceramic fillings are all white, they’re used to treat cavities in front teeth. Gold and silver fillings last longer, but the difference between them and teeth is obvious. That’s why they’re usually reserved for treating cavities in the back of the mouth.

Getting a Dental Filling

The first step is to examine a patient and determine that they have a cavity. To accurately assess the depth of the cavity, we might require a dental x-ray. It’s hard to determine depth using our eyes. Knowing the depth and size of the cavity allows us to tailor treatment.

The affected area is then numbed using local anaesthesia. This will keep you numb for a couple of hours, and you will feel comfortable after the effect is gone. Next, we have to clean the cavity and prepare it then place the dental filling. After the filling is put in the cavity, we can harden it using ultraviolet light.

After the Procedure

You do not need to take any extra precautions after getting a filling. You can go home and resume your day. Your mouth will remain numb for a few hours after you go home, but feel free to drink during that time. It’s recommended that you delay eating until you’re no longer numb. Biting and chewing with a numb mouth can lead to inadvertent biting of the lips and tongue.

Patients need to continue taking good care of their dental hygiene. This is the best way to prevent future cavities from forming. You should also continue to see us at Salinas Dental Group regularly so we can detect any issues and treat them as soon as possible.