What is a Dental Filling?
A filling is a restoration that replaces an area of decay in the mouth. Tooth decay can occur for a range of different reasons, from poor oral hygiene to a poor diet. Some patients are simply more prone to decay and other areas of decay can be the result of dental trauma. We offer a drill-free approach to placing a cavity that uses state-of-the-art laser technology. These lasers require no drilling or local anesthetic in order to place a high-quality and permanent filling.
Why would a Dental Filling be needed?
The most common reason for needing a filling is because you have a cavity. Cavities can affect people of all ages, though children are often the most vulnerable. When a cavity forms, the decay will infiltrate the tooth and work its way down towards the center where the pulp (nerve) is located. Before the decay gets this deep, it is removed and a new dental filling put in place.
Who is a candidate for a Dental Filling?
Dr. Ally will examine your teeth to determine if you have one or more cavities. In some cases, dental x-rays are necessary in finding hard-to-spot cavities that would go unnoticed with a typical examination. If you need a filling, it is best to come in to have the work done as soon as possible. This prevents the tooth decay from getting worse and requiring more invasive treatment.
What happens during a Dental Filling procedure?
Because we use laser technology to remove decay from the tooth, most of our patients do not require local anesthetic. The laser is aimed at the tooth that has the decay to completely eradicate the cavity and remove the decay from the area. The small hole is then prepped for a new filling. The composite resin filling is put into place and any excess is removed. The filling is then cured with a bright light so that it does not fall out of place. The laser technology that we use is easier and less frightening than the use of traditional dental drills.
If you think you’d benefit from our drill-free approach to dental fillings, call us today to schedule an appointment.