Filling a tooth is one of the most commonplace and straightforward dental processes. However, for some, it’s just as nerve-wracking as any other more abrasive dental procedure. Unfortunately, many wait until their situation is dire before they decide to visit the dentist. Others, especially those unfamiliar with cavities, may not even know they have tooth decay until their biannual checkups.

Whether you’re wondering if you have a cavity or yearn for immediate relief from pain, you need someone who’ll repair and protect your smile. Trust Guard Your Smile Dentistry for tooth-colored fillings of any size and makeup in the Annapolis, MD, area. 

Do You Have a Cavity?

If you have a small cavity, slight discomforts begin plaguing many of your regular activities. For instance, if you enjoy the occasional sweet treat, you may notice a sharp pain when you bite into your candy as it settles into the hole in your tooth. You’ll feel the same sensation with hot and cold items, including coffee, tea, and ice cream. 

More extensive tooth decay shows itself more frequently with random bursts of pain and extreme sensitivity to air. You’ll also notice:

  • Stinging upon chewing or biting down hard
  • Pain in teeth with cracks and fractures 
  • Irremovable brown or black spots 

What Causes Tooth Decay?

Sensitivity to temperature and sweets stems from diminished tooth enamel that exposes the soft inner tissues of teeth, including the pulp and dentin. This is the result of tartar and plaque buildup over time.

While proper tooth care, including brushing and flossing, can combat this buildup, lack of care can lead to more severe consequences. If you have developed cavities in any of your teeth, you’ll need fillings.

The Procedure

Filling teeth is a simple procedure, typically performed in one visit. After consulting with you to determine which of several dental filling materials is best, your dentist can begin their work. Here’s a step-by-step look at a standard filling:

  • Your dentist numbs the area around the decayed teeth with anesthesia to keep you from feeling pain
  • The dentist cleans the decayed teeth to remove decay or old fillings
  • Next, they mold the new filling to fit where the decay was
  • Finally, they polish the area to ensure full function

What Happens Afterward?

Afterward, the numbness may last another few hours, depending on the size and depth or the number of fillings, so wait until the anesthesia completely wears off before eating or drinking. Since the fillings also need to harden, avoid hard, chewy, and sticky foods for up to 24 hours. These can rip fillings out and undo your dentist’s great work.

There’s Only One Place That Can Guard Your Smile 

At Guard Your Smile Dentistry in Annapolis, MD, Dr. Dennis Guard and Dr. Holly Guard, DDS, use the latest technology and best practices honed over years of experience to provide safe, effective, and comfortable procedures for every patient. Trust the experienced family practice with over a decade of quality dental care. Call (410) 268-5751 to schedule your first visit today!