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Dental emergencies

Dental Fillings

A procedure used to fill a cavity, in your tooth.

What are dental fillings

When you have a cavity in your tooth, it means there is a hole in the centre of that tooth. These holes are bad for a number of reasons.
Cavities can expose the nerves in your teeth, which can cause anything from minor discomfort due to greater sensitivity to hot and cold food and drink, to significant pain due to nerve damage. Additionally, if the nerve dies, you will likely need a larger procedure to treat the tooth, such as a root canal.
For these reasons, the hole will need to be cleaned and filled with a ‘filling’ to avoid pain, discomfort, and further damage to the tooth and your overall oral health.
At Nashua Dentist, your dentist will suggest the best option for your teeth - it usually depends on the placement of the tooth that needs a filling - and you can make the decision for the best filling material together.

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The advantages of dental fillings

Dental fillings are a popular option for the following reasons:
* Prevent further damage and discomfort: A lot of dental discomfort and damage comes from cavities and dental decay, and a dental filling is a great way to stop the damage and treat the pain.
* Quick and easy: Dental fillings are extremely quick and easy. Most people will be in and out within 30 minutes, so it can be completed during a work break.
* Long-lasting: With good dental care, dental fillings will generally last for at least a decade. Fillings made from gold can last for even longer, for as much as 20 years or more.

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How do dental fillings work

Even if you think you have a cavity, your dentist will still want to book a check up to inspect and confirm the issue. They will then book a second appointment in order to have the filling done.
Here is what to expect during your dental filling appointment at Nashua Dentist:
* Your dentist will inject a local anaesthetic to completely numb the area
* They will use a special tool to remove the decay from the tooth
* They will fill the cavity
* They will shape and polish the tooth so it feels natural to bite onto
* The area will still feel numb for a few hours following the treatment
* The whole treatment will usually only take 20-30 minutes
* The site may feel a little tender for the next day, so avoid biting down on hard foods
* Your dentist will check on the filling during your next routine appointment

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If you’re ready to take the next step towards a healthier, happier smile, book your appointment with us today.

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