Most of us associate the dentist with fillings – the process of repairing holes in the tooth’s enamel to prevent further decay and damage. Very few people are lucky enough to go through life without having at least some fillings – it’s possibly the most widely used dental procedure in use today.
Do I need a dental filling?
If you have a toothache or one or more of your teeth cause you excessive pain when you eat or drink, then you may have a cavity. In any event, you’ll most probably make an appointment to see Dr. Preiss for treatment.
But not all cavities are so obvious. In fact, quite often, when we go for a regular checkup, Dr. Preiss will inform us that we have a couple of cavities that need to be filled.
Getting a dental filling
The first step is that all important local anaesthetic. Then Dr. Preiss will clean out all decayed material from the cavity and prepare it for the filling. Filling material (there are many materials available and Dr. Preiss will know which to use) is compacted into the cavity and then sealed. The final step is the cleaning of the area to ensure a smooth tooth surface.
A new filling procedure – ICON
A new filling procedure called ICON can stop an existing cavity from getting larger. But that’s not all… The ICON process when performed by Dr. Preiss can even reverse the effects of decay. Some teeth, even after treatment, can exhibit white or brown discoloring that are unaesthetic. The ICON treatment can reverse this effect restoring the tooth to its previous color.
There may be some after effects following a filling. In most cases these cause only minor discomfort and are temporary. If you continue to experience pain or discomfort after two weeks, go back to Dr. Preiss who will examine the filling and decide what steps need to be taken.
An ounce of prevention…
Taking care of your teeth and regular checkups are the best way to ensure that you keep cavities, and fillings, to a minimum. When they do develop, they should be treated before they can cause any serious problems. Remember, a cavity won’t go away if you ignore it!