Most people will need a cavity filled at least once in their life. Cavities, also known as dental caries, are quite common, but thankfully, modern dentistry means that your tooth can be saved in spite of decay.
Let’s take a look at the dental filling process and what you might expect if you need dental fillings at our Denver dental office.
Step 1—Numbing the Site
Your dentist will first ensure that you remain comfortable during the filling procedure by using a local anesthetic. A numbing gel is generally used to numb the site where the needle will administer the anesthetic. Once it soaks into the gum, the injection will be administered. Because of the numbing gel, you should barely even feel the injection, if it all.
The anesthetic will prevent you from feeling pain during the procedure.
Step 2—Preparing the Mouth
After the cavity site is numbed, your dentist will prepare your mouth for the filling procedure. Depending on the location of the cavity, your dentist might opt to use a rubber dam or bite block to help you keep your mouth open more comfortably.
Your dentist will take some time during this step to match the shade of filling that will be used for composite fillings.
Step 3—Removing the Decay
At this point, it's time for your dentist to remove the decay from your tooth. Because of the numbing, you should not feel anything during this process.
A high-volume suction tool is used at the same time to help remove water and debris from your tooth. A lower-volume suction tool is also used to get rid of excess saliva and to prevent you from swallowing any additional debris.
Once the decay is eliminated, your dentist will fill in the space left behind with the filling material.
Call Your Denver Dentist
Find out more about dental fillings in Denver by giving us a call at Highland Smiles!