If one of your teeth has substantial tooth decay, your dentist may recommend that you get a filling. A filling will allow this tooth to maintain its correct function and structure even though some of the tooth may be removed because of the decay.
When a tooth has tooth decay or has been cracked, the dentist will remove the part of the tooth that was decayed and replace it with a filling. A filling is a solid piece of material that will fill in the missing part of the tooth.
A filling will allow you to continue to eat and function as normal. It will also keep bacteria from getting into the area of the tooth that was removed. Fillings prevent further decay on the areas they cover, but not necessarily on the rest of the tooth.
When many children hear the word “filling,” they immediately correlate the term with pain. It’s important to impress on your children that the dentist is here to help. Explain how a filling can actually save your child’s tooth.
If your child is very frightened by the idea of getting a filling, always remember that we provide sedation for these types of procedures. Please remember that by attending routine dental check-ups, your dentist will be able to catch tooth decay early on and take action immediately.