December 1, 2015
Happy holidays Belleville! Welcome back to the ongoing dental health blog from the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC. We hope you have an exciting holiday season planned for you and your family. The winter season is a wonderful time to catch-up with your family, go sledding, or simply enjoy some wonderful food with your family.
But a toothache can bring your holiday festivities to a screeching halt. An untreated cavity can cause a throbbing pain that just won’t go away. It can prevent you from being in a good, cheerful holiday mood. This grumpiness can get worse if you can’t eat the foods you love because of a cavity, or can’t get the rest you need this holiday season.
At the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, in Belleville, IL, we offer several types of dental fillings. Dental fillings are a pain-free way to end toothaches caused by an untreated cavity. But we understand that even a routine dental filling can be intimidating for some patients.
So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we’re going to look at dental fillings. We’ll describe the types of dental fillings available, and what you can expect when you have a tooth filled. We’ll also look at how our VibraJect system can ensure a pain-free dental treatment for you or your loved one. But first, let’s look at how cavities develop and the importance of repairing them.
What Causes Cavities?
Cavities are a form of tooth decay. Tooth decay can occur because of poor oral hygiene or your genetic background. Every time you take a bite of food, particles of it remain on your teeth. This undigested food attracts bacteria which turns into plaque. Plaque is an acidic film which yellows your teeth and erodes holes into your enamel. These holes are called cavities. Even with regular brushing and flossing, it’s still possible for plaque to accumulate on your teeth.
What Do Cavities Need to Be Filled?
The most important reason is because cavities can cause toothaches and other dental pain. But even if your cavity is not causing you immediate pain, it is jeopardizing the health of your tooth. An untreated cavity will grow larger over time. It may expose the soft inner material of your tooth and cause an infection. If cavities are not treated quickly, you may end up needing a more expensive dental crown or root canal to repair them. Cavities can even get so bad that the tooth may need to be extracted.
What Types of Dental Fillings Are Available?
At the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, in Belleville, IL, we offer amalgam fillings and composite fillings. Amalgam fillings have been used for over a century because they are safe and effective. Composed out of a blend of metals, amalgam fillings are as durable as your natural tooth. We often recommend amalgam fillings if we need to fill a tooth that is not visible in your smile, or a tooth that is used for chewing.
Composite fillings are tooth-colored and blend well with your smile. These tooth-colored fillings are made out of a blend of plastic and glass, and are effective at repairing small to medium sized cavities. Once a composite filling has been placed, you won’t be able to tell it’s in your tooth.
How is a Dental Filling Placed?
We begin by numbing your mouth. If you’re worried about needles, fear not. At the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, we use the advanced VibraJect system to deliver your anesthesia. This pain-free injection system vibrates your gums while you receive your injection, this simple and safe vibration blocks you from feeling any discomfort. We also have laughing gas available if you’d prefer to be sedated during your dental filling.
After you are numb and comfortable, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth. He will then place the dental filling. You should be able to eat normally soon after your procedure, and will regain total functionality of your tooth within a couple of days.
Make An Appointment
Do you have a toothache? Then schedule an appointment at the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC, in Belleville, IL. We offer several types of dental fillings which we can use to painlessly repair your teeth. Call our office today at 618-219-1412.