Cavities unfortunately happen fairly frequently, especially in some people. Some people never get cavities their entire lives, but when you do get a cavity, people want to know what the process of getting that cavity filled is. Basically, a lot of it depends on where it is and its size.
Sometimes you can fill a cavity without doing any local freezing. An example is when it’s on a tooth that’s been previously root canaled or it’s fairly small, sometimes you can get away with not freezing the tooth. A lot of times though, in order to get that cavity out, you must make sure that the tooth is frozen so that you’re not able to feel the pain while the cavity is being removed using the dental drill.
Basically, for a cavity filling, you are frozen for it. At that point, the infected tissue is removed using carbide and diamond burs. Once that tissue is removed, the tooth is now ready to receive a filling. There are a few different filling materials available such as; glass ionomers, composites, and amalgams. Generally, the most used one is composites. When filling a cavity, we condition the tooth and get it ready for receiving filling material, use some bonding agents to cause adhesion between the filling of the tooth, and then we apply the dental composite material. At that point, it is cured or hardened using our special light.
If you or a loved one is in need of a cavity filling, contact Inglewood Family Dental to arrange your consultation. We offer flexible financing options and follow the new Alberta dental fee guide to help make treatments accessible on any budget. Contact us today, we look forward to putting a smile on your face!