If you have a cavity, our dentist may recommend a dental filling in Carlsbad, California. To treat your tooth, Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann will remove the decayed part of the tooth and fill the area with the dental filling material. A dental filling may also be used to repair cracked, worn down, or broken teeth.
How Is a Dental Filling Placed?
Before placing a dental filling, our dentist will numb the area around the tooth to ensure your comfort. Using a drill, an air abrasion instrument, or a laser, our dentist will remove the tooth decay. The area will then be tested and probed to ensure that all of the decay has been removed. Then the area will be cleaned thoroughly. Dr. Steven A. Beuligmann will then place your composite (tooth-colored) dental filling in layers. A special light called a curing light will be used to harden each layer as it is placed. Once all of the layers are in place, the material will be trimmed, shaped, and polished.
How Do I Care for My Dental Filling?
To care for your dental filling, practice proper oral hygiene. Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss at least once a day. Also, be sure to visit our dentist regularly for your dental cleanings and exams. If our dentist thinks that your filling may be cracked or leaking, he will take X-rays to get a closer look. If the tooth with a dental filling becomes very sensitive, if you notice a crack in the filling, if a piece of the filling is missing, or if you notice a sharp edge, contact our office for an appointment.
To learn more about dental fillings and to schedule a visit, we invite you to contact our office today! We look forward to caring for you and your smile!