Dental fillings are a common dental procedure used to treat cavities and tooth decay. When a tooth is damaged by decay, Dr. Natalie Korolis at All Heart Dental in Palos Heights, IL, removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. This procedure helps to prevent further decay by closing off any spaces or cracks where bacteria can enter. Dental fillings restore the tooth's shape and function, and with modern advancements in dentistry, they can be virtually undetectable in your mouth.
Why Should I Get Dental Fillings?
Getting a dental filling is crucial when you have a cavity because it stops the decay from progressing deeper into your tooth, which can lead to severe pain, infection, and even tooth loss. Dental fillings can also repair damage to your teeth caused by teeth grinding or use in ways they weren’t designed for, such as nail-biting or package-opening. Moreover, they can be used for cosmetic improvements by changing the color of the teeth or reshaping disfigured teeth.
The Benefits Of Dental Fillings
Prevent Further Tooth Decay
Dental fillings are primarily designed to stop the progression of tooth decay. When a cavity is left untreated, it can lead to more serious dental issues, including severe toothache, abscesses, and even tooth loss. By filling the cavity, Dr. Korolis can help prevent these problems and keep your mouth healthy.
Restore Tooth Function
A decayed tooth can affect your ability to chew and speak properly. Dental fillings restore the normal function and shape of such teeth. After receiving a filling, you'll be able to use your tooth as you did before it was damaged. This means you can enjoy your favorite foods and speak clearly without discomfort or difficulty.
Modern dental fillings are not just functional; they are also aesthetically pleasing. Tooth-colored fillings are made to match the color of your natural teeth, making them a discreet option for treating cavities. With these fillings, you can smile, laugh, and speak with confidence, knowing that your fillings aren't noticeable.
The Dental Fillings Treatment Process
Examination and Preparation
The first step in the dental filling process is a thorough examination. Dr. Korolis will use a small mirror to inspect the surfaces of each tooth. Anything that looks abnormal will then be closely checked with special instruments. If decay is found, it will be removed using a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser.
After the decay has been removed, the dentist will prep the space for the filling. Different types of fillings require different processes. For composite fillings, the area may need to be kept clean and dry while the cavity is being filled. Once the filling is in place, it will be polished to prevent premature wear and staining.
Polishing and Bite Check
The final step is polishing and checking your bite. Dr. Korolis will finish and polish the filling, then check your bite to make sure your teeth align properly. If the dental filling is too high, the dentist will adjust it until your bite is correct.