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Child getting a dental filling    
    To treat a cavity a dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the
    area on the tooth where the decayed material once lived. Fillings are also used to repair     cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from
    nail-biting or tooth grinding).

    First, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth to be worked on with a local anesth-
    etic. Next, a drill, air abrasion instrument or laser will be used to remove the decayed area.
    Next, your dentist will probe or test the area during the decay removal process to determine
    if all the decay has been removed. Once the decay has been removed, your dentist will     prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris.  Generally,
    after the filling is in, your dentist will finish and polish it.

    Today, several dental filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain;     silver amalgam or tooth-colored, plastic and glass materials called composite resin fillings.
    Talk to our dentist about the best options for you and see what can be done.

   Our dentist will advise the patient that the teeth, lips, and tongue may be numb for several    hours after the procedure, if a local anesthetic was used. Some patients experience sore
   gums or a sensitivity to hot and cold in the tooth that has just been filled. Normally, patients    are advised to avoid chewing hard foods directly on new amalgam fillings for 24 hours.    Composite fillings require no special caution since they set immediately. If patients experience    continued pain or an uncomfortable bite, they should call our dentist.

   Fillings restore a tooth's function and appearance. They permit the patient to continue to eat    and chew properly and last for several years. Normal fillings will need to be replaced over a    patient's lifetime.

   To maintain your fillings, you should follow good oral hygiene practices – visiting a dentist    regularly for cleanings, brushing with a fluoride-containing toothpaste, and flossing at least    once daily.

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