Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures. In fact, four out of every five of us have at least one filling and many of us have multiple fillings. If you live in Charleston, SC, and think you have a cavity, you may need a filling. Our staff wants you to know as much about the process and benefits of fillings so you can put your mind at ease. Dr. Carimi is an extremely friendly and experienced dentist who can answer any questions you have about cavities and tooth colored fillings.
What Are Tooth Colored Fillings?
Fillings can be made from a variety of different materials, from gold and silver amalgam to resin, porcelain and even glass. Silver amalgam fillings used to be the most popular in the past, but dentists like Dr. Carimi have moved away from them due to cosmetic reasons and the fact they contain mercury. Porcelain or resin fillings (aka tooth colored fillings), on the other hand, look natural and don’t have any harmful substances.
Why Filling Are Necessary
Tooth decay is a natural part of life, unfortunately. With tooth decay comes the need for it to be replaced. When it’s only a portion of your tooth that is decayed, you can replace it with a tooth colored filling and save the rest of your tooth. Here are a few reasons why fillings are necessary for patients in South Carolina:
- Broken teeth
- Chipped teeth
- Worn down teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Misused teeth (such as in nail-biting)
If you don’t get a filling in the above situations, decay or damage can spread, which can lead to toothaches, soreness and worse dental problems.
Dental Fillings Process
Since they’re very common, dental fillings are usually an easy and pain-free procedure. If you visit our Charleston office, here’s what you can expect when you get a tooth-colored filling:
- You’ll receive a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth getting the filling. (Dr. Carimi offers complimentary nitrous oxide to all patients, if needed.)
- Using a drill, Dr. Carimi will remove the decayed part of your tooth.
- Dr. Carimi then thoroughly checks the space for decay and cleans it.
- Next, he adds the filling in layers and hardens it with a special light.
- Finally, Dr. Carimi shapes, trims and polishes the filling.
If you have a cavity or would like to know more about dental fillings, contact us to schedule an appointment today!