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How Cavities Are Filled with Dental Fillings

November 21, 2021
Posted By: Kennedy Dental
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If you have tooth decay, we rely on dental fillings to aid in treatment. However, in severe cases, when a cavity is large, your general dentist in Bellevue, NE may depend instead on dental crowns to help stabilize and save the decayed tooth.

For this reason, timely intervention is essential. You want your dentist to fill your tooth before the cavity grows large enough to require a dental crown.

Natural Looking Dental Fillings in Bellevue, NE

In our dental office, we rely on tooth-colored fillings to provide you with a cosmetically pleasing result. This means we can treat your tooth decay without silver amalgam.

The process for a tooth filling starts with a visit to your dentist. If a cavity is found on exam or if you come in with a sensitive tooth and a cavity is the culprit, we numb the area with a potent anesthetic and clear away the decay. Your dentist then fills the tooth with a composite resin that is colored to match your smile.

Later that evening, when the anesthesia wears off, you may notice very mild tenderness, which typically goes away by the following day.

Lower Your Cavity Risks with Preventive Dental Care

To reduce your risks for dental cavities and other oral health conditions like gingivitis, visit our dental office every six months for preventive checkups and teeth cleanings. It’s also important to brush your teeth at least twice daily and floss once—doing these things after every meal would be even better.

You can also rely on a healthy diet for a healthier smile. Consider foods and drinks rich in protein and low in sugars and acids.

We also recommend quitting tobacco in all forms.

Schedule Your Next Appointment at Our Bellevue Dentist Office!

If it’s time to schedule your six-month preventive checkup and teeth cleaning, give us a call today at (402) 291-3535. A helpful team member at Kennedy Dental in Bellevue, NE is standing by to get you started.

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