Tooth decay can happy to anyone, and a cavity can be a painful source of irritation if left untreated. According to the National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research, 92% of adults ages 20 to 64 have had at least one cavity in their permanent teeth. Thankfully, Dahab Gaime, DDS, of Oakland City Dental offers painless and high-quality fillings to her patients in Oakland, California. Stop your tooth decay today and call or book an appointment online with Oakland City Dental.
A filling is a dental procedure that restores a damaged tooth to its natural shape and function. This can be a helpful solution for teeth that are suffering from tooth decay, teeth that are broken or cracked, or teeth that have been worn down from misuse like nail-biting or grinding.
A filling can be made from a number of different materials, such as:
Dr. Gaime will work with you to determine which filling type is most appropriate based on the location and extent of the decay, and the cost of the filling material.
Cavities and cracks in your teeth are dangerous to your oral health. When you eat certain carbohydrates, like sugar or bread, there are natural bacteria in your mouth that trigger a chemical reaction and turn those carbohydrates into enamel-eating acids. Holes in your enamel are open doors for bacteria to cause further decay in your teeth. If left unfilled, decay can destroy your tooth and even damage your gums.
Dr. Gaime will perform a routine exam to determine if you have a tooth that needs a filling. This might involve taking x-rays of your teeth, or she might do a visual inspection with a small mirror.
If you’re suffering from a toothache or one or more of your teeth hurt when you bite down or chew food, you might need a filling. If this is the case, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gaime immediately.
If Dr. Gaime determines that you have a decayed tooth that requires a filling, the first thing she’ll do is use a local anesthetic to numb your teeth, gums, and the surrounding skin. This ensures that the procedure will be easy and painless for you.
Next, she’ll use a drill to remove the decayed portion of the tooth, and then clean the newly formed hole to ensure that it’s free of bacteria and debris and ready to receive the filling. Finally, she’ll put in the filling.
If your filling is gold or amalgam, she’ll simply let it dry and then polish the tooth. If your filling is composite, she’ll use a special light to harden the filling material before trimming it to the desired shape and applying a final polish.