Tooth cavities are repaired by removing the decayed portion and packing the space with filling material. Dental fillings can also be used to fix worn down or cracked teeth.
Pacific Heights Dental Studio starts the process by numbing the treatment area with a local anesthetic. Your San Francisco dentist will then use a handpiece to remove the decayed tooth structure. Once the area is completely clear of decay, the space will be cleaned to eliminate any residue and bacteria. If the cavity was close to the tooth root, a liner might be placed to protect the nerve. The final step is to polish the dental filling.
Additional steps are required to place a tooth-colored dental filling. After the decay has been removed and the gap is cleaned, the filling material is then applied in layers. A special curing light is used to harden each layer of material. Finally, your dentist in San Francisco will shape the tooth-colored layers, eliminate any extra material and polish the filling.
Today, there are many types of dental filling materials are used. Cavities can be filled with:
The tooth filling material used to treat your case will be determined by several factors, including:
After getting a tooth filled, it is important to practice good oral hygiene habits. Brush with an ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste twice daily, floss at least once a day and keep up with routine dental cleanings and check-ups. If you notice anything usual after getting a dental filling, such as a sharp edge or tooth sensitivity, call us at Pacific Heights Dental Studio.
Are you ready to get a dental filling in San Francisco, CA? Contact our dental office near you at Pacific Heights Dental Studio for more information, or book your next appointment with us online today!