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Dental Fillings in Red Deer
Cavities are permanent damage to your tooth, resulting in decay. The best way to prevent the spread of this decay is with dental fillings. These can be done with a metal amalgam or a tooth-coloured resin. While the resin provides a more aesthetic solution, either material can provide support and strength to the affected tooth to prevent further decay.
Why Use Fillings
Fillings are used to help save the natural tooth when it is compromised, or mild decay has already set in. This may include cracked or broken teeth. Cavities are small holes in the tooth caused by the wearing down of tooth enamel. These holes allow bacteria and other substances to enter the tooth and cause decay. Cavities that are filled prevent this decay from causing further damage to the tooth and in most cases, prevent the loss of that tooth.
What to Expect During the Procedure
A local anesthetic will be administered to the area(s) around the tooth or teeth needing to be filled. Next, your dentist will remove the decayed areas and clean the cavity. Finally, the filling will be applied, and a special bonding light will be used to harden the material. Fillings may be made from a variety of materials, such as gold, porcelain, resin, or ceramics. Your dentist will help you choose the right material based on need, cost, and aesthetics.