For a small-to-medium cavity that needs dental attention, your dentist may recommend a dental filling and it could be done using filling material made from composite resin or amalgam. This virtually painless procedure is a great way to preserve your living tooth structure while removing decay that’s set in. Prior to having a cavity filled, be sure to let your dentist known about any health changes you might have.
To begin the filling process, your dentist will first numb the area to be treated. He/she will begin the numbing process by applying a topical anesthesia– otherwise known as a numbing gel– to the area before injecting it with an anesthetic. After your mouth is sufficiently numb, your dentist will remove the decay with a drill and then replace the decayed area with a filling.
After the filling process is complete, your mouth will remain numb for at least a couple of hours. This is a normal occurrence as the anesthetic wears off gradually. During this time, it’s important to be mindful of what you eat and drink. You don’t want to risk burning your mouth or chewing on the numbed areas.
Sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures is a common occurrence after having a tooth filled. This sensitivity should resolve within a few days to a few weeks. In the meantime, there are toothpastes available to help with your discomfort. Ask your dentist for recommendations.
If you have additional questions about getting a filling, ask our experienced dentists and they will be more than happy to walk you through the procedure and address your concerns.