How Does a Dentist Perform a Filling
Dental fillings are necessary from time to time. Usually such serious dental conditions such as a decayed tooth or a cracked tooth may be reasons why a Cosmetic dentist may consider dental fillings essential. You may have even observed that some people have a teeth full of metal-from dental fillings, of course. This will give you an idea of what dental fillings look like.
How does a dentist perform such a procedure, some wonder? Well, as the adage goes, it’s easy when you know how, and for a dentist it’s a cinch!
Well, keep in mind there are basically two types of dental fillings. One is the amalgam filler, which are made out of mercury, silver, tin or copper, which are the kinds generally used by dentists in administering fillings. The other is a resin filling, made out of a combination of glass and quartz, resembling a real tooth.
Believe it or not, you do have a choice as to the kind of dental filling you want; you don’t have to accept whatever your dentist recommends. You may need to consider the cost of such a filling-and whether you can afford that kind of filling.
And now the big part-how does a dentist fill a cavity? Well, first of all, they will rub the infected area with a gel. The purpose of this special gel is that it will numb the area that the dentist is working on.
Then they will administer an anaesthetic, such as novocaine, into your gums to further numb it. Then they will use a drill-don’t be afraid-called a bur to shave away the rotten part of the tooth, in which they will fill the cleaned-up area with a special acidic gel that works as a sort of glue to reinforce the filling so that it doesn’t come out. It is further reinforced with a composite resin, which when dried will harden the filling, to make further sure it won’t fall out.
The material is still further hardened by a special blue light that dries the filling in about a minute. Following that, the dentist will again use their drill to shape the filling into the teeth so that it will fit comfortably, so it will not grate against the gums.
Then it’s over. You will have a new filling(s) that will act as a protection against infection.
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