Fillings and Restorative Dentistry
Fillings are used to replace decayed tooth material (cavities) or repair teeth that are broken, cracked, or damaged by teeth grinding.
To complete a filling, the dentist first uses a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth that needs the filling. Then, if it's a cavity, the decayed tooth material is removed and the space cleaned of debris and bacteria. After this, a filling material is put in place. Finally, the dentist shapes the surface and polishes the tooth.
The filling procedure takes about an hour and you can expect to feel some numbness around the area from the anesthetic for about a couple hours after your appointment.
Fillings usually last for many years, however, at times they need to be replaced or repaired. Contact your dentist if you notice any wear or damage to your filling.