Dental fillings are a common and essential procedure in general dentistry, often used to restore teeth affected by decay or damage. At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry in Topeka, KS, Dr. Andrew Lewis, DDS, and Dr. Ted A. Jowett, DDS, specialize in providing comprehensive dental care, including high-quality Tooth-Colored Fillings. This guide takes you through the filling process, ensuring you know what to expect during your visit.
The Initial Examination
The journey to a restored tooth begins with a thorough examination. Using advanced diagnostic tools like 3D Dental Scanning, our dentists precisely identify the extent of decay or damage, ensuring that a filling is the most suitable treatment option.
Preparing the Tooth
Once decay is confirmed, the affected area of the tooth is prepared. This involves removing the decayed material while preserving as much healthy tooth structure as possible. The preparation process is crucial for the success of the filling, as it creates a clean, stable base.
Choosing the Right Filling Material
At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we offer various filling materials, including composite resins that match the color of your natural teeth. The choice of material depends on the location of the filling, the extent of the repair needed, and aesthetic considerations.
The Filling Process
After preparing the tooth and selecting the appropriate material, the filling is carefully applied. For composite fillings, the material is placed in layers, with each layer being hardened using a special light. This step-by-step process ensures the filling bonds securely to the tooth, restoring its shape and function.
Finishing and Polishing
Once the filling is in place, it’s shaped and polished to match the contours of your tooth, ensuring a comfortable bite and a natural appearance. This attention to detail is crucial for both the functionality and aesthetics of the filled tooth.
After the filling procedure, some sensitivity is normal. We provide guidance on how to care for your newly filled tooth, including maintaining good oral hygiene and avoiding certain foods temporarily. Regular Dental Exams and Cleaning are also crucial in monitoring the health of your fillings and overall dental health.
The Role of Preventative Care
Preventing further decay is a key part of our philosophy at Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry. Our Preventative Care services are designed to keep your teeth healthy and reduce the need for future fillings.
Your Partners in Oral Health
At Jowett & Lewis Family Dentistry, we understand that the idea of getting a dental filling can be daunting. Our team is dedicated to making the process as comfortable and transparent as possible. Dr. Andrew Lewis and Dr. Ted A. Jowett are here to answer any questions and ensure your dental health is in the best hands.
- American Dental Association – The science behind dental fillings.
- Journal of Dentistry – Advances in dental filling materials.
- Clinical Oral Investigations – Long-term outcomes of tooth-colored fillings.