Dental fillings are not a cup of tea to many people; it is not one of those things that fill you with excitement when you know you have to get it done. This particular process is one that many patients who visit the dentist end up with a feeling of punching the wall, if not the dentist, during the process.
There are lots of stories out there that can shock and haunt someone who has booked his first appointment for a tooth filling with a dentist. There is an unknown expectation of what the process feels like; this is particularly scary since the patient will have a lot of fear when going for the procedure.
If people had this image before they get cavities, it would prevent this kind of experience in the first place. We can’t emphasize enough how important it is to use a good toothbrush and regular flossing to avoid the formation of cavities. When you find yourself in need of a tooth filling, it is important that you learn what to expect before, during, and after the filling process.
Most importantly of all is finding the right dentist who has years of experience in pain-free dental fillings. Here at Perdido Bay Dental, Dr. Djuric has over 25 years of experience, and thousands of happy patients.
Tooth Filling Process
It’s pretty scary when you think about the filling process, it’s a weird feeling, but again, it is a simple process that is not particularly unpleasant. The filling process will be done in only 4 easy steps.
- Anesthesia – The area that the dentist is to work on has to be numbed first. Year ago these sort of injections that delivered the anesthesia used to be really painful, but currently that experience is long gone.
- Tooth Decay Removal – The dentist will then go ahead and drill the tooth, either using laser or a mechanical drill to remove the decayed part. The dentist will then make a particular shape on the tooth where the filling will be placed.
- Filling – On the sidelines, a mixture of the filling will be done, which will be used to fill the cavity. It looks really soft when it is being mixed up, but once it is placed, it hardens to protect the tooth.
- Polishing – After the filling has taken pace, the dentist will clean up the area around the tooth and give the tooth a good polish so that it does not leave a weird feeling.
The good thing is that doctors generally anticipate that most patients will get to the office with a lot of fear. The dentist may offer a light sedative that will be used to make the patient relax. Gone are the days when tooth filling is a painful experience.
After the Procedure
After the procedure, you might feel some soreness for a few days. Don’t worry, this is common. The discomfort cannot get worse, but what will become more uncomfortable is eating and drinking. With this in mind, it is useful to get aftercare tips from the dentist that will help you minimize the discomfort.
If you would like to schedule an appointment for a tooth filling with Dr. Djuric, give us a call today at (850) 542-4428.