Dental restoration information for patients in Edmonton
What are Restorations?
A tooth restoration is a treatment used to restore a decayed, damaged or worn out tooth to its normal function and shape.
Dental restorations are best suited for minor tooth decay, fractures, broken teeth or teeth worn down by grinding. More complicated cases will require alternative types of restorative treatment, such as crowns or root canals.
During your dental appointment, a local anesthetic will be administered to the area around the affected tooth. This will cause the tooth and gums to become numb, allowing you to remain comfortable during the procedure.
Next, the affected area will be cleaned and isolated. Isolation is usually done with a rubber dam or dry shield. A drill is used to remove decay and the damaged components of your tooth. An acid gel is then applied to eliminate remaining bacteria and debris.
Once the tooth is thoroughly cleaned, the dentist will shape the space in preparation for the filling. Filling material will then be placed and hardened in the affected area. This can require the use of a bonding light and other tools such as a bright blue light.
Finally, the repaired tooth will be polished and you will receive instructions regarding how to care for your dental restoration.
Major advantages of dental fillings are that they can quickly restore the tooth structure and health of natural teeth, cause minimal pain and can be completed in a single appointment.
Risks and Complications
Some individuals experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods. Pain or sensitivity can also occur if the filling is placed too high, causing teeth to misalign.
Sensitivity typically decreases within one to two weeks. If you continue experiencing discomfort, consult your dentist as soon as possible.
There is a small chance of injuring your mouth or jaw during the tooth restoration process, as your mouth is open for an extended amount of time. If you experience any discomfort during the procedure, inform your dentist immediately.
Anesthetic complications could arise during restorative procedures. It’s important to disclose any allergies you have and follow the instructions provided in the unlikely event of an allergic reaction.
After a dental filling is placed, the seal could potentially break between the tooth enamel and filling. This may be caused by expansion or shrinkage of the filling, as well as poor oral hygiene or eating hard foods. Therefore, you could possibly develop additional tooth decay if food particles and bacteria make their way under your filling.
Rest assured, teeth restorations are a routine dental treatment with proven success. Contact us today for more information about restorative dentistry and to book an appointment.
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