If you have not yet gotten a filling, but are pretty sure you are going to need one soon, then take the time to check out these basic steps. Once you know what to expect, it can be a much easier process.
A Filling is a Simple ProcedureThe first thing that your dentist will do is confirm you have a cavity. This can be by looking, by taking an x-ray, or by feeling around. Once the cavity is confirmed, the drill comes out to clear out all of the decay and extra debris.
Your dentist will then rinse the area to get all of the debris away. From there, the filling material is put into the cavity space and then cemented into place.
Some cavities that are larger will require an indirect filling, which is created at a lab. This will require you to have a temporary filling for one or two weeks, and then you will go back to have the filling put in. Once the filing is done, you should be gentle with the tooth for about 24 hours, but then you can go on about your day!
Knowing what the procedure is like can help take the nervousness away and allow you to feel more empowered in the dentist's chair. If you find that you are nervous, then contact our office.
He or she will sit down with you and help you feel more comfortable about what is going on. From there, all you have to do is sit back and wait until he or she is done.