What To Expect During A Tooth Filling

- If you're one of the millions of people who put off going to the dentist, you may be dreading your appointment because you know you need a tooth filling. 

But don't worry, a tooth filling is a relatively simple and common procedure that most people find isn't nearly as bad as they thought it would be. 

After your dentist numbs your tooth and gums, they will use a drill to remove the decayed portion of your tooth (via Assembly Dental). 

You may feel some pressure or vibration, but you shouldn't feel any pain.

Once the decay is removed, your dentist will clean the area and prepare it for the filling. 

They will then place the filling material in the hole and shape it to fit snugly. The filling material is then hardened using a special light. 

You may feel some sensitivity after the procedure, but this should go away within a few days. Your tooth may also be slightly higher than the surrounding teeth, but this will eventually wear down. 

In most cases, you can expect your tooth filling to last for many years with proper care. If you're still feeling nervous about getting a tooth filling, talk to your dentist. 

They can answer any questions you have and help you feel more comfortable about the procedure.

How to avoid tooth fillings

Most people know that tooth fillings are necessary when a tooth has been damaged by decay. 

But there are steps you can take to keep your teeth healthy and avoid the need for fillings in the first place. 

First and foremost, it is important to brush and floss your teeth regularly (via Healthline). 

This will remove plaque, which is a sticky film of bacteria that can cause tooth decay. Plaque forms when food particles are left on the teeth after eating. 

If plaque is not removed, it can harden into tartar, which is even more difficult to remove.

In addition to brushing and flossing, it is also important to see your dentist regularly for professional cleanings (via You Smile Dental). 

During these appointments, your dentist will remove any tartar that has built up on your teeth. He or she will also check for any signs of tooth decay and take steps to prevent it from happening. 

Finally, you can help keep your teeth healthy by eating a balanced diet and avoiding sugary drinks. 

Eating plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains will help promote healthy teeth and gums. 

And avoiding sugary drinks like soda and sports drinks will also reduce your risk of tooth decay.

writter by: ANNE TAYLOR

S: healthdigest.com

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