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Cavities and Lost Fillings

Dr. David Hazan DMD can help you any fix any cavities and lost fillings in Orlando. Not only do the services cover Orlando area, but also Lake Mary, Altamonte Springs, Winter Park & Longwood. A dental filling is ideally a type of restorative dentistry treatment applied in repair of minimal tooth fractures and tooth decay to restore damaged surfaces of the teeth. Composite, silver amalgam and porcelain are some of the cavity filling materials used at times to even out tooth surfaces to enable better biting and chewing.

Dentist Fixing Cavity in Womans Mouth

Cavities are formed when bacteria turn food remains into acid. Then, plaque builds up and holes start appearing. If left untreated, the enamel is eaten up and decay penetrates to reach the inner tooth layer, the dentine. Cavities are treated with fillings whereby the dentist removes the decayed part of the tooth and fill the area on the tooth previously occupied by decayed material. Holes and cracks on the tooth lead to breakage, tooth sensitivity, and even tooth loss. Lost fillings are a common case. When the nerve endings are in contact with air or liquids, it usually generates an unbearable pain. Fortunately, it takes just one visit to the emergency dentist who will clean up and replace the lost fillings.

Fillings are also used in repair of cracked or broken teeth and those that have worn out due to misuse, such as tooth grinding and nail biting. Prior to filling a tooth, the dentist with numb the area surrounding the tooth using local anesthetic. Then, an air abrasion instrument, a drill or laser is used in removing the decayed area. The individual dentist is at liberty to use an instrument that he is much comfortable with, depending on his training, and location and extend of the patient’s tooth decay. Once the decay is successfully removed, the dentist prepares the space for cavity fillings by cleaning the cavity caused by bacteria and debris.

Sometimes the decay may be near the root and this may force the dentist to first insert a glass ionomer or composite resin liner, or a liner made up of any other material to protect the nerve. Once the filling is in, the dentist then polishes it. However, tooth-colored fillings require several additional steps which are as follows. The dentist removes the decay, cleans the area, and applies the tooth-colored material in layers. After completing the multilayering process, the dentist shapes the layering material to achieve the desired result, trimming off any extra material, and polishing the final restoration.

Common Questions

  • What is dental filling?

    This is the process where the dentist removes a decayed tooth and fills in the area previously occupied by the removed tooth.
  • If I have broken teeth, can they be repaired?

    Yes. Dental fillings also involves filling of cracks and breakage on the teeth.
  • Is the procedure painful?

    No. The dentist will use local anesthetic to numb the area before removing the decayed tooth and filling the space.
  • What instruments or gadgets will the dentist use during cavity fillings?

    The dentist will use any instrument he is most comfortable with to perform his job.