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Cavities can strike without warning. Maybe you just notice a subtle pain when eating sweet foods. Or a lingering toothache that just won’t seem to go away. Or maybe you display no symptoms of a cavity at all — many people don’t.

But even if you don’t necessarily notice it, an untreated cavity can eventually cause an infection or even kill your tooth completely. Statistically speaking, most adults in the Michiana area will suffer at least one cavity during adulthood.

So how do you make sure your smile is healthy? You schedule an appointment at Tulip Tree Dental Care in South Bend, IN! We recommend undergoing a routine dental exam and teeth cleaning every six months. If we detect a cavity, we can repair it with a tooth-colored dental filling.

While dental fillings are entirely routine and safe procedure, they can seem a little intimidating if you’ve never undergone the procedure. So in today’s post of our dental health blog, we want to clear up some common questions and concerns that surround this restorative dentistry procedure. Let’s get started!

How Does a Dental Filling Work?

A dental filling is designed to restore the form and function of a decayed tooth. Most small to medium-sized cavities can be replaced with a dental filling, larger cavities may require the use of a dental crown to repair. After a dental filling has been placed, you’ll probably forget that it’s there because your teeth because your tooth will look and function so normally.

When we place a dental filling, we begin by carefully numbing the affected area of your mouth. Then we carefully remove the decay from the affected tooth. After thoroughly cleaning the tooth, we layer in dental composite. This durable blend of plastic and glass is colored to match the shade of your natural teeth. We then harden the dental composite in place, shape it, and polish it. The entire process is relatively quick and can generally be completed in a single appointment.

Do Dental Fillings Hurt?

No! Our caring staff will make sure that you are comfortable during your entire procedure. In addition to numbing your mouth, we also offer sedation dentistry services if you’re nervous or anxious about undergoing the procedure.

For most patients, nitrous oxide sedation is a perfect option. Also known as laughing gas, this dental sedation option can help you feel calm and relaxed but still able to drive yourself home after your treatment. We can also prescribe oral sedation if you require a higher level of dental sedation.

Aren’t Dental Fillings Made Out of Metal?

In the past, many dentist offices commonly placed amalgam fillings. Amalgam fillings are silver in color and contain mercury. You may have seen them in the smiles of your friends and family. Although some dental practices still use amalgam fillings, we only use tooth-colored composite fillings.

There are several advantages to composite dental fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings. Unlike amalgam fillings, tooth-colored fillings are designed to blend seamlessly into your smile and require less healthy enamel to be removed from your tooth. Best of all, tooth-colored fillings are also durable enough to last for decades with proper care

How Can I Keep My Smile Healthy?

Your oral health care begins at home. The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth twice-a-day for at least two minutes at a time. You also need to floss once-a-day and rinse your mouth with water after eating sugary or starchy foods. But even brushing and flossing your teeth everyday may not be enough to avoid a cavity.

For best protection against cavities or to heal a cavity, you need to schedule regular appointments at our comfortable and modern office in South Bend, IN. You can reach our office by calling 574-208-566 or filling out our online form. Tulip Tree Dental Care is proud to serve the Michiana area.

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