One of the first dental procedures people receive is the dental filling. The teeth are constantly threatened by a variety of factors, including a sticky substance called plaque that comes from food and beverages and attacks the hard enamel of the teeth. When plaque succeeds in eating through the enamel, it leaves a cavity or hole. This exposes the soft internal pulp to decay and the hazards of regular life, and can eventually lead to rot and tooth loss.
To prevent such a drastic scenario, Great Smile Family Dental offers state-of-the-art fillings to the residents of Edmonton. A filling is a synthetic material that is inserted into a cavity to replace the segments that are missing. The filling permeates all of the gaps and also provides a new, hard exterior for the tooth to replace the missing enamel. Because this is a basic procedure, Great Smile Family Dental is capable of providing fillings for any patient that has a permanent tooth. For more information about the procedure, schedule an appointment today for our office in Edmonton.
Dental fillings are simple and can be installed during the same appointment when a cavity is discovered. The first step will be discussing with the dentist what type of filling would work best with a patient’s lifestyle. The currently available materials include gold, amalgam (silver), tooth-colored composites, and ceramic.
Once the material is chosen, the dentist uses special tools to scrape out the decay inside of the tooth. This needs to be done because, if the decay is not removed, it will continue to attack the soft pulp and nerves of the tooth even when a filling has been placed. Sometimes the area around the tooth will be numbed during this process, so the patient does not feel any discomfort.
When the interior of the tooth has been cleaned out, it is then sanitized. The filling is then inserted in a liquid form and allowed to fill any and all nooks and crannies. The filling will go all the way to the surface of the tooth, where it is shaped and allowed to harden to form a new chewing surface.