If you have lived thus far without having to get a filling, then you deserve a serious pat on the back. Fillings are one of the most common oral procedures that we do at our office for patients who have a cavity. But even though they are familiar to us, it doesn’t mean that they are familiar to you. To help you get ready for your appointment, let’s take a closer look at some frequently asked questions about this procedure.
FAQ: Are They Permanent?
Similar to other oral appliances, fillings aren’t permanent and will likely have to be replaced at one point in your life. However, they are really strong and durable as long as you take care of them really well.
FAQ: What Is the Procedure Like?
Before you come into our office to have your tooth filled we will go over the procedure with you briefly, but let’s reiterate. To start out, we will numb your tooth and Dr. Holbrook will remove the decay. After the decay has been removed, he will thoroughly clean the area. The composite filling will then be placed, shaped, and polished which will restore your tooth to its original function and shape.
FAQ: What Does It Look Like?
Usually, Dr. Holbrook uses composite fillings that are tooth colored and should blend in fairly well with your natural tooth. Some patients can’t see it, but other patients will notice that it’s a little bit lighter than their natural tooth. Either way, it’s not something that anybody else but you and Dr. Holbrook will ever notice.
FAQ: How Do I Take Care Of It?
When we send you home after your tooth has been filled we will give you a list of instructions on how to take care of your tooth. Usually, it’s very basic and includes avoiding foods that are extremely hard or chewy, brushing your teeth on a regular basis, and getting frequent exams.