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Dental Filling

3D rendering of three teeth each with a different dental filling material: composite, amalgam, and goldYou will need dental fillings if you have a hole in the teeth; this means that you have a cavity. Cavities are caused by not observing proper oral hygiene. When there is an accumulation of plaque in the mouth, the acid contained in plaque erodes the enamel which is the hard part of the teeth. Once the enamel is eroded, the dentin is exposed and this is what is called a cavity. Exposure of dentin leads to infection of the pulp cavity which is the part that holds the blood vessels and the nerves. Our dental team at Canatella Dental will use fillings to deal with cavities.


The first step in a dental filling treatment is to visit with your dentist to establish which type of filling is best for you. The procedure is usually performed in the office, and depending on the depth of the tooth decay, a local anesthetic may be required. A shallow cavity will not require numbing prior to filling. Using a drill and other dental tools, the damaged portion of your tooth is removed. The dentist will drill a hole in your tooth and fill it with the filling material of your choice. A tiny blue light is aimed at your tooth to solidify the filling. Once the filling has hardened, the dentist polishes it to ensure that it does not hurt your mouth in any way. The recovery process for a dental filling is fast and you will be back to your daily routine after a few days.

Cavities and Remedies

Applying a fluoride gel to the teeth aids in demineralization and the restoration of the diseased tooth. The dentist will advise you to use an antibiotic mouthwash as well as an antiseptic gel to minimize the cavity-causing bacterial levels in your mouth. The dentist may advise you to use liquid composite sealants to provide a physical barrier between your teeth and microorganisms. When tooth decay has already developed a cavity, the treatment choices shift from prevention to restoration. The dentist will restore the tooth by cleaning it and filling the hole. The dentist is prepared to do fillings to address your cavities.

Oral Hygiene

Proper dental hygiene habits can help prevent the formation of dental cavities. Floss and brush your teeth to eliminate food particles and prevent the buildup of dental plaque. Cavities can be avoided in this manner. The filling procedure is quick, and you will be able to resume your usual daily routine soon after. You must maintain proper oral hygiene to ensure that the fillings last as long as possible. Fillings are an excellent tooth decay therapy that can last for many years.

Our clinic's dental specialists at Canatella Dental will teach you how to treat cavities. If fillings are not a therapeutic option to save your tooth, the dentist may prescribe extraction as an alternative treatment option. You can book an appointment by calling us at (504) 269-3486.

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