Filling – a dreaded word signifying impending discomfort for your mouth. That may be how most people think, but we can promise that a visit to Dr. Walton in Columbus will change your mind.
Dental fillings are the response to cavities, meaning the tooth has been affected by decay, cracks or fractures. As a summary, decay will be removed from the tooth and the empty space filled with our composite resin.
Composite fillings are an evolution from silver/amalgam material used in the past. For one, composite fillings are tooth-colored. This makes them much more desirable from an aesthetic perspective, especially if the affected teeth are up front and visible. Finally, composite fillings are safer, as silver fillings of the past contained trace amounts of mercury, which is very unhealthy within the mouth.
Reasons For Fillings
- Chipped teeth
- Space closure between teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Excessive decay
- Wear and tear
Composite filling procedures can take place in their entirety in just one dentist appointment. After localized numbing is administered, the decay is removed. The tooth is then cleaned and prepared for the filling, creating a small hole for insertion, if necessary. A special medicine is added for extra protection if the filling is near the nerve. Next comes the actual filling of the tooth. Once placed, the composite resin is shaped and polished to mimic the natural tooth as closely as possible. Initial sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures may exist. Post-filling, keep up with typical at-home hygiene, smart eating and regular dental visits. Of course, Dr. Walton will make sure you have any specific care instructions upon your departure.