One of the most common tips you hear when it comes to dental care involves brushing your teeth and flossing. This is no surprise, really, considering just how important it is to remove plaque and foot particles in order to maintain proper dental health. Flossing every day is vital for preventing cavities, and it’s just as important that you brush your teeth thoroughly at least twice a day. (If possible, you may want to brush your teeth after every meal.)
When you come to the Long Island cosmetic dentistry practice of Dr. Salem, he will be able to expertly address your dental care needs. If you have cavities or are dealing with some degree of tooth decay, they will determine the best possible treatment option to meet your needs. We’d like to take a moment right now to discuss the basic dental filling procedure in some detail so you know what to expect during a visit.
Technically the first step of the dental filling procedure is identifying a cavity. This will be done using the latest dental diagnostic techniques, examining the biting surfaces and facing surfaces of the teeth for structural problems related to tooth decay. Once tooth damage from tooth decay is identified, a treatment plan with be developed. For basic cavities, a filling will be the right option. For more advanced tooth decay, inlays or onlays would be much better, with dental crowns reserved for severe cases of tooth decay.
Before a filling can be placed, the tooth must first be prepped for the filling. This will involve the removal of any damaged tooth material that is affected by decay. If you are feeling nervous about this process as some patients do, you may want to consider sedation dentistry. This is a needle-free option that will render your calm during your visit. We can discuss that in more detail during a consultation.
Once the tooth is prepped, the dental filling is readied. In the past, metal fillings were used to deal with cavities, but there are a number of disadvantages to metal fillings. Briefly, some metal fillings contained mercury, and in some cases the fillings were affected by extremes in temperature. It’s for these reasons as well as others that we have shifted to the use of tooth-colored fillings. These are white and color-matched so they blend in seamlessly with your teeth.
Once the dental filling has set, you are ready to go home. You may notice some tooth sensitivity for a day or two, but this is normal. We’ll be able to provide you with some good tips for aftercare in those first days after getting a filling when you’re here at our office.
There are many more services that we offer, including Long Island teeth whitening, porcelain veneers, and other great treatments that improve your smile’s appearance and your overall dental health. For more information about these dental care treatments contact our Malverne, NY cosmetic dentistry practice today.