If you have a cavity, our dentist may recommend a dental filling in Charlotte, North Carolina. To treat your tooth, Dr. Robert H. Watson will remove the decayed part of the tooth and fill the area with the dental filling material. A dental filling may also be used to repair cracked, worn down, or broken teeth.
How Is a Dental Filling Placed?
When placing a dental filling, our dentist first will numb the area around the tooth to ensure your comfort. Using a drill, an air abrasion instrument, or a laser, our dentist will remove the tooth decay. The area will then be tested and probed to make sure that all of the decay has been removed. Then the area will be cleaned of bacteria and debris. Dr. Robert H. Watson will then place your composite (tooth-colored) dental filling in layers. A curing light will be used to harden each layer as it is placed. Once all of the layers are in place, the material will be trimmed, shaped, and polished.
How Do I Care for My Dental Filling?
The most important thing you can do to care for your dental filling is to practice proper dental hygiene. Also, be sure to visit our dentist regularly for your dental cleanings and exams. If our dentist thinks that your filling may be cracked, leaking, or damaged in any way, he will take X-rays to get a closer look. If the tooth with a dental filling becomes very sensitive, if you notice a crack in the filling, if a piece of the filling is missing, or if you notice a sharp edge, contact our office.
Please contact our office today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule your next appointment. We are happy to assist you and to answer any questions that you may have.