If you haven’t been keeping your teeth nice and clean, then you may get a nasty surprise when you next visit your dentist. Getting your first filling might feel like an emergency and fill you with fear, but don’t worry! Here’s everything you need to know first.
Your dentist will inform you if you have a cavity and will suggest that you get a filling to ensure that your tooth does not decay any further. This meeting between you and the dentist will outline a number of things. You and your dentist will need to discuss what type of material should be used to make your filling. A variety of fillings are available to you as the patient. They vary based on appearance, function and most definitively cost. You could opt for a rather flashy gold filling. These are relatively sturdy and non-corrosive and last ages – up to 15 years in a lot of cases! As they are gold, however, they’re quite pricey. A ceramic alternative is much more popular amongst those who are after a natural looking tooth. They too, are durable by can sometimes damage other teeth within the mouth.
If you haven’t experienced anesthetic before then this might seem terrifying. Thankfully, it’s doing you a favor! Fillings would be very painful without it. The dentist will first lightly dry out your mouth before rubbing a numbing gel over the area where the injection will be given. The anesthesia numbs the part of the mouth which your dentist is to operate on to stop your brain feeling the pain. If you’re nervous about this, speak to your dentist as he or she may be able to help relax you beforehand.
Next the dentist will slip on some sterile Nitrile gloves. These simply protect his hands and your mouth from germs whilst the procedure is underway. The dentist’s specialist drill will then remove the cavity from your tooth. Now that the decay has gone, your dentist can begin to clean out anything remaining. Whichever type of filling you have chosen will then be planted into your tooth. If your cavity is particularly deep then a dentist might add a liner over it before filling your tooth for additional protection to the nerve. After the hard part is over your dentist will simply clean your teeth up all nicely for you with his or her specialist tools. So, you’ll wake up from the anesthetic with shiny white pearlers.
After the procedure it’s pivotal to take care of your new filling to make sure you don’t need another one! You wouldn’t want to have to go through this process all over again. Brushing your teeth, flossing and using mouthwash twice a day can prevent the build up of decay in your teeth. Hopefully, you’ll only need to go back to the dentist for annual checkups now!
There is no need to be worried about getting your first filling. The best way to calm your nerves is to know what might happen when you get there. Most people have to have a filling in their lives, and usually say it was less scary than expected! Hopefully reading this post will have given you some confidence in going for your filling.