Most people develop at least one cavity during their lifetime. Getting a filling today is vastly different from years past. Modern technology has made it a pain-free experience. Plus, dentists today can match the filling to your tooth color, so there’s no more unsightly metal! For expert dental care and tooth restoration, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Nancy Rotroff, DDS, MAGD in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
Filling a cavity is a safe and painless procedure with today’s modern dental tools and technology. Dr. Rotroff takes the decayed material out of your tooth and then places new composite material in the space. If you grind your teeth, you may also need a filling in the area of the tooth that is worn down.
First Dr. Rotroff places a numbing gel on your teeth and gums to begin the process. Next, she injects a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the area around it.
Dr. Rotroff uses a variety of techniques to remove decay, depending on its severity and location. She may use an air abrasion instrument; in this method, compressed air shooting small bits of silica removes debris and decay, which is then suctioned out of the tooth. She may also use a laser or a drill.
The next step is cleaning out the cavity where the decay existed. Dr. Rotroff then applies the composite material in layers, using a special light to harden it. She then shapes and trims excess composite material and polishes your brand new tooth.
Dental health doesn’t just affect your teeth; it affects your entire body. Many people don’t realize that poor dental hygiene can lead to serious health complications: