Do you have a tooth filling? Most people do. Some studies say that the average American has as many as three dental fillings, so you could say that cavities are a fact of life for most people.
Dr. Christina Linn chooses modern tooth-colored fillings for patients at her Littleton dental office. Also referred to as composite fillings or tooth-colored composites, the material is a blend of glass and resin particles that closely resemble tooth enamel.
When Dr. Linn shades the filling to match your tooth and expertly places it, no one—not even you—will be able to detect it. Since the material blends so naturally with surrounding teeth, we often use it for cosmetic dental bonding to correct smile flaws.
What Happens When a Dentist Fills a Tooth?
The first step is to remove the dead and decaying material from the tooth that cannot be saved. To do this, our Littleton dentist administers an anesthetic to numb the tooth so that you don’t feel any pain.
The conservative method that Dr. Linn uses to place tooth-colored fillings means she doesn’t have to remove much, if any, healthy tooth structure to create a long-lasting repair.
Next, we apply a bonding agent to the cleaned-out tooth so that the filling will adhere to it. Dr. Linn expertly molds the tooth-colored material to fill the space and restore the shape of your tooth. The final step is to set the filling with an LED curing light that hardens the material and makes it strong enough for normal chewing.
How Should I Take Care of My Dental Fillings?
After your filling is placed, it’s typical to experience some sensitivity, but it usually subsides within a day or two. There’s no special care required for a tooth-colored filling other than conscientious brushing and flossing, followed up with exams and teeth cleanings at our Littleton dental office ever six months.
Tooth-colored fillings are durable and last between five and seven years when cared for properly.
How Can I Avoid Cavities?
Your best defense against cavities is daily oral hygiene that includes brushing at least twice a day and flossing once. Be sure to get the most out of your efforts by asking our dental hygienist for brushing and flossing tips.
She will also recommend oral hygiene aids like flosses or interproximal brushes. Both are helpful when trying to clean around dental work and reaching areas between teeth that your floss can’t reach.
Also, avoid sugary foods and drinks that sit on your teeth and convert to acid that eats away at dental enamel and causes cavities. Healthy foods like fresh fruits and vegetables are good for your body and help support excellent oral health.
Schedule an Appointment at Platte Canyon Dental
If you have a toothache and think you need a filling, please call our Littleton dental office to schedule an appointment.