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Worrying about cavities? Now is a good time to talk to the staff at Towne Square Dental in Rigby, ID about dental fillings. Dental fillings will restore the look and function of your smile easily and effectively.
No matter what “horror stories” you may have heard, dental fillings are nothing to worry about. In fact, a dental filling is probably the most common tooth reconstruction/repair/restoration procedure in use today.
What happens is that over time one of your teeth might experience some decay. This happens when plaque – an invisible sticky substance that bonds to your teeth and gums and traps bacteria which causes tooth decay -- builds up on your teeth. Usually, plaque buildup is caused by poor oral hygiene habits, but even the most diligent brusher and flosser can get a cavity.
When this happens, your Rigby dentist will probably opt to give you a filling. The dentist will usually numb the area around the affected tooth, then carefully drill and remove the decayed material and thoroughly clean and disinfect the area. Then the dentist will fill the space with dental filling material.
There are at least two different types of filling material, silver amalgam, which is a metal substance and resin, which is usually tooth colored. Silver amalgam fillings generally last up to ten or more years; resin at least five years.
A filling for even a larger cavity is not difficult. It can be done with or without anesthesia, although most people opt for it. The entire procedure usually takes less than an hour to complete and there are usually no side effects or complications, although a very small percentage of patients have reported heat and cold sensitivity and mild soreness for a short amount of time after they have received a filling.
To find out more about how dental fillings can help restore the look and function of your smile, make an appointment with Towne Square Dental in Rigby, ID. For more information call (208) 745-8704.