You’ve heard your dentist recommend that you should brush and floss every day. There’s a reason why this advice is given – keeping the teeth and mouth clean is important for preserving your oral health and preventing dental issues like cavities. If a good oral care routine is not kept or if brushing and flossing are not done properly, it is easier for cavities to form. When this happens, dental fillings will have to be placed to prevent the damage from worsening. This treatment is provided at Caring Dentistry of Queens as part of our restorative procedures in Richmond Hill, NY.
Cavities are small areas of decay that form on the teeth. They are caused by the acids that are produced by bacteria on the teeth. These bacteria can be removed with proper brushing and flossing, but when they are not, the acids are allowed to eat through the protective enamel layer of the teeth and form a hole called a cavity.
A dental filling removes the damage caused by a cavity and fills it in with another material to strengthen the tooth again. It is helpful to get a cavity treated sooner rather than later to prevent it from growing and potentially penetrating deeper into the tooth, where it could create more serious problems. Fillings can be made from different materials, such as gold, amalgam, porcelain, or composite. Your dentist at Caring Dentistry of Queens will choose the most appropriate material for your case, depending on factors such as the location of the cavity, your budget, and your personal needs or preferences.
To place a filling, your dentist in Richmond Hill, NY will start by numbing the affected tooth. The decay will then be removed, and the tooth will be cleaned. The filling material will then be placed in the tooth, usually in layers. It will be hardened with a special curing light, then trimmed to fit with the bite of your teeth.
The procedure to have a filling placed usually takes less than an hour and can even be completed as soon as the cavity is detected during a routine check-up. Our team at Caring Dentistry of Queens is committed to promoting your oral health in Richmond Hill, NY.