If you develop a minor cavity, a dental filling can prevent the damage from spreading and preserve your natural tooth. At his self-titled practice, experienced general and cosmetic dentist Jeffrey Busch, DDS, regularly uses tooth-colored fillings to repair decaying tooth enamel. If you’re concerned about a potential cavity, make an appointment in Houston, Texas, by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.
A filling is a preventive dental procedure that repairs decaying tooth enamel. It’s a quick and convenient way to stop cavities before they require extraction.
If you experience a toothache or increased tooth sensitivity, and it doesn’t respond to at-home treatment like ice or desensitizing toothpaste, make an appointment at Jeffrey Busch, DDS.
At Jeffrey Busch, DDS, getting a dental filling takes a single visit.
Before recommending a dental filling, your provider conducts an oral exam and takes oral X-rays to assess the decay affecting your enamel. If they determine you have a small cavity, they numb your mouth with a local anesthetic and carefully remove the decaying portion of your tooth enamel.
Next, your provider cleans your tooth with an antiseptic solution and carefully fills the hole. To do that, they apply a composite resin to your tooth in layers. After applying each layer, your provider points a special light at your tooth, causing the material to cure and harden.
When the filling dries, your provider removes any excess material, polishes your tooth, and provides care instructions. Most filling appointments take less than 45 minutes*.
After a dental filling, you may experience increased tooth sensitivity once the anesthesia wears off. Even so, any discomfort should subside within a day or two.
In the meantime, there are several things you can do to feel better, including:
You might also want to take an over-the-counter anti-inflammatory medication.
If your symptoms get worse or your filling feels strange when you bite down, contact Jeffrey Busch, DDS.
The length of time that a filling lasts depends on various factors, including your lifestyle, oral hygiene, and how often you visit the dentist.
If you brush twice daily, floss regularly, and visit Jeffrey Busch, DDS, every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning, your filling may last 10-15* years. That’s especially true if you avoid bad habits like nail-biting and opening plastic packaging with your teeth.
If you’d like to explore dental fillings in more depth, make an appointment at the practice of Jeffrey Busch, DDS, by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.