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Is It Common For Dentists To Take Payment Plans?

This blog is posted with permission. Originally posted by our friends at Red Bank Dental Partners.

If you are self-pay and not able to pay all of your up-front dental costs, don’t worry! There are options available to you for most dentists. Waterside Dental of Sarasota, Florida offers an in-house dental plan that comes with discounts, and even a credit plan that allows you to make payments.

Make Payments On Your Dental Appointment Costs

Many dentists offer plans that allow you to make payments over time. This allows you to get into the dentist without costing more than you can afford all at once. Don’t let money keep you from visiting your dentist. You will ultimately put yourself at risk of needing even more expensive dental care if you do not visit the dentist. We recommend visiting your local Sarasota area dentist to see whether they have options available to you.

Do Dentists Offer Discounts?

Many dentists will offer discounts in-house if you are self-pay. In other words, patients that do not have insurance and pay cash can lower their appointment costs. This is a great option! Waterside Dental offers in-house discounts for self-pay patients to help make dental visits more affordable. Take care of yourself. Maintain a healthy and vibrant smile and save money!

What Is Care Credit?

Care Credit is a financing option available at Waterside Dental for qualifying applicants. If approved, Care Credit allows patients to pay off their appointment expenses over time. Visit your local Sarasota area dentist to learn more about dental financing options.

Who Can Apply For Dentist Payment Plans?

Anyone can apply for dental payment plans at participating dental offices. There are a variety of options. Contact your dentist to learn more. If you are insured or uninsured, options may be available to you. Ask questions! It never hurts to find out what’s available to you!

Which Dentists Do Payment Plans?

Every dental office is different. To find out what your dentist offers, contact them directly. However, Waterside Dental offers Care Credit – a program that will allow approved patients to make payments on various dental services. Contact our offices to learn what Care Credit options are available to you.

Which Dentists Accept Care Credit?

If you are in the Sarasota, FL area, Waterside Dental can assist you in applying and using Care Credit. To find other dentists who offer Care Credit, visit this page and locate your nearby dentist. https://www.carecredit.com/doctor-locator/

Can You See A Dentist Without Insurance?

Many dentists accept patients who do not have dental insurance. In fact, Waterside Dental offers discounts for self-pay patients that do not have insurance and pay on their own.

Make an appointment at Waterside Dental, Sarasota, FL

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“What Does My Dental Insurance Plan Cover” Plus More Frequently Asked Questions

Learn About Dental Insurance Plans, Their Benefits & How They Work For You

Many people who are paying for dental insurance simply don’t understand or use all the benefits that come with their insurance plan. The Waterside Dental team created this page to be a helpful resource if you’re looking to learn more about your dental insurance benefits. Understanding Dental Insurance Plans

  • What are the deductible costs of my plan?
  • What are the services my dental insurance plan covers? i.e. Does my dental insurance cover implants?
  • Are there limitations and maximums to my dental insurance plan?
  • What dentists accept my insurance?

Your insurance provider will be able to answer many of these questions. But, if you have additional questions, contact your neighborhood Waterside Dentist.

Common Services You Can Enjoy Using Dental Insurance:

  • Regular Teeth Cleanings
  • Emergency Dentistry
  • Implants
  • Fillings
  • Crowns
  • Bridges
  • Sedation
  • Bonding
  • Alignment services, such as Invisalign®
  • And more…

Many insurance plans have limitations to the types of procedures they cover. Be sure to check with your dental insurance provider to find out the details of your coverage.

How Does Dental Insurance Work?

What Are Deductibles?

Dental insurance plans come with deductibles. A deductible is the minimum amount that must be paid by the insured. For example, if the deductible is $150 and the insuree’s services cost $128, the insurance plan will not be accessible.

Which Doctors Participate In My Dental Plan?

Each insurance plan covers a network of dentists. Check with Waterside Dental to see if our dentists are covered in your plan by scheduling an appointment.

Other Things To Know About Dental Insurance

Before you are ready to make a decision on a plan and a dentist, there are other things to take into account, including:

  • Co-plans, or dual coverage
  • Maximums
  • Pre-treatment estimates
  • Limitations and exclusions
  • Copayment

Schedule an appointment with Waterside Dental

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7 Incredible Benefits of Regular Dental Visits

Dental visits aren’t only about poking around in your mouth and informing you about your poor brushing habits. 

They can save your life.

What can a dentist do to make your life so much better?

Let’s delve forward to find out!

Your Dentist and You

Few people have fun at the dentist. Dentist visits can be awkward, painful, and sometimes long and boring. This makes it even more frustrating when you don’t care about having a perfect, bleach white smile.

Your dentist does far more than make your smile nice and straight. That is a side benefit, but your mouth is a centerpiece that leads to the rest of your body. There are signals that your dentist can spot that leads to a wide variety of issues.

The Benefits of Dental Visits

It might surprise you what all can occur in a simple dentist visit. Even if you don’t get all the extra scans and check-ups, there are a great number of simple benefits.

Here are some of the big ones.

1. Keeping Your Teeth Intact

The obvious reason anyone goes to the dentist is to take care of their teeth. Dentists have the tools and knowledge to combat what brushing and flossing cannot.

Even if you are diligent in taking care of your teeth, there is also something that may get missed. 

Bits of plaque build up into tarter which dissolves your teeth to cause cavities. Tarter is close to impossible to remove without dentist tools and skills. Without bi-yearly cleanings, your teeth may reach a point of no return.

2. Catching Oral Cancer

Oral cancer is one of the more insidious forms of cancer, as it can lay in hiding for years before becoming a serious threat to your life.

A dentist has the training to spot all of the signs that can lead to oral cancer. Through this, a dentist visit can give you that vital warning signs of oral cancer that can help you find the treatment you need.

3. Preventing Gum Disease

Plaque and tarter do more than build up and mess with your teeth. They begin to spread harmful gum disease that can break down the tissues and bones in your mouth and jaw.

The biggest concern here, besides the destruction of your mouth, is that advanced enough gum disease requires massive amounts of care beyond what your dentist can provide.

This means you’ll need the help of specialists, which can lead to surgeries, medications, drastic cleanings, and more.

4. Oral Examinations and X-Rays

The usual x-rays that come with routine checkups can reveal some very intense things going on in your mouth.

They focus on what is going on beneath, such as damage to the jawbone or impact teeth. Through these x-rays, your dentist will be able to determine what is the cause of that damage.

Certain damages are easy. Accidents and misaligned teeth can be a quick answer to the problem. In other cases, it may be a hint at a much more severe problem. 

A Candida infection could be a sign of onset diabetes. Cysts or tumors may be close to impossible to detect outside of x-rays. 

Acting before any of these concerns become a major problem will be key to your overall health.

5. Lymph Nodes and Larger Problems

The outside of your mouth may not feel like your dentist’s domain. Yet, good professionals may check your head, neck, and lymph nodes for any signs of larger diseases.

The lymph nodes, in particular, can be a big problem. They do not hurt when they swell, but swollen lymph nodes can be a sign of cancer or certain other diseases. 

In this way, your dentist may be the early warning bell that saves your life (a third time, by this list’s count). 

6. Saving Money in the Long Run

All of these problems listed above revolve around one thing: expensive medical procedures.

Between keeping up with avoidable teeth and gum health, a dentist may help you prevent a variety of diseases and concerns.

This also prevents you from getting more and more medical procedures to deal with the damage all of those prevented health problems would have caused.

Fewer procedures equals more money saved. 

7. Helping to Avoid Bad Habits

There are a large number of bad habits you may not even know you have. These habits can be minor, or they could cause major problems for you down the line. You may not notice them, but your dentists might.

Chewing on ice, biting your nails, clenching your jaw, grinding your teeth, sticky sweets, drinking coffee, red wine, or smoking are all habits that your dentists can notice and help you break.

 

Do Yourself a Healthy Favor

Skipping a trip to the dentist may not be in your best interest. There is so much more to a dentist trip than a bit of teeth cleaning and a new toothbrush. 

There is a lot of overlap in many medical professions. It is not only a general doctor that can help diagnose medical issues and treat the ailing problems of your body.

Specialists, like your dentists, focus on one key aspect of your body, but every aspect of your body is connected.

Dentists aren’t perfect, and a single visit may not guarantee that all the problems in your body care discovered and solved. Not visiting at all, though, will guarantee that you may miss something vital and preventable going on in your body.

A Happy Mouth, A Happy Life

Keeping up with your oral health has so much more to deal with your overall health than you may have known. Now those dental visits don’t seem so silly. 

The best thing you can do for yourself going forward is taking care of the little details in your life. Don’t have a dentist of your own? We can fix that today!

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Say Cheese: How Cosmetic Dentistry Can Enhance Your Smile

Scientists have shown that the simple act of smiling can reduce stress, lower your heart rate, and boost your immune system. And amazingly, you get all of these benefits even if your smile is completely fake.

So if you don’t smile as much as you would like to, you’re missing out on a lot of potential benefits. And for many of us, the reason we don’t smile as much as we might is that we’re unhappy with the way our smile looks.

But all is not lost. Cosmetic dentistry can help us to get the smile that we’ve always wanted. And all the benefits that come with it.

So read on as we take a look at some the key ways that cosmetic dentistry can enhance your smile.

Whiter Teeth

With our stressful lives, a cup of coffee or a glass of red wine can be a welcome break.

But every sip we take has the effect of discoloring our teeth. And over time we can end up with teeth that are severely stained. If you’re embarrassed to smile because of the color of your teeth, then it’s something that a dentist can easily treat.

Over-the-counter solutions will work to some degree, but if you want a smile that is truly white then you need to see your dentist. A professional whitening session can leave you with bright white teeth that you’ll be desperate to show off.

Our cosmetic dentists can answer all of the following questions:

  • Can teeth whitening remove stains?
  • Is teeth whitening permanent?
  • What teeth whitening method works best?
  • Is teeth whitening safe?
  • What foods should I avoid when teeth whitening?

Your cosmetic dentist will answer all these questions and more. We provide teeth whitening treatments as well as porcelain veneers for severe stains.

Straighter Teeth

One of the biggest reasons that many of us hide our smiles is because we are self-conscious about our crooked teeth.

But a lot of people choose to put up with crooked teeth as they worry about having to wear unsightly braces. However, companies like Invisalign now offer clear braces that are barely noticeable and don’t require any painful tightening. Most people wouldn’t even know they were there.

And once the treatment is complete, you’ll have that perfect row of straight teeth you’ve always dreamed of.

Restoring Broken Teeth

If you have a broken or chipped tooth at the front of your mouth, it can make you very wary about flashing your smile.

The good news is that there are a number of possible ways of dealing with chipped or broken teeth. You could use a crown to restore the tooth to its normal shape or have a porcelain veneer fitted. Or a tooth could be repaired by using bonding materials to fill out the missing area.

Once your dentist has repaired your broken tooth, you’ll have no reason to hide that smile.

Replacing Missing Teeth

If you have lost teeth in prominent positions, this can have a huge impact on the appearance of your smile.

But there is no reason why you can’t replace a missing tooth. This can be by means of a bridge, which is a false tooth or teeth anchored to the surrounding teeth to hold them in place. Or you might opt for dental implants, in which a false tooth is implanted into the bone of the jaw.

Whatever option you choose, replacing your missing tooth will bring back your old smile.

Shaping Your Teeth

If your teeth are all in good health, but you are not happy with the overall shape of them, then this is also something that is easily rectified.

Enamel shaping and contouring removes enamel to shape your teeth into a more pleasing appearance. This can also be combined with bonding, to build up teeth with wide gaps or that are noticeably shorter.

This is a simple but effective way of minimizing the appearance of crooked teeth and giving you a more appealing smile.

Straightening Your Jaw

Sometimes your issues with your smile may have nothing to do with your teeth at all.

If your jaw is not properly aligned, this can lead to a lopsided smile that people may become self-conscious about. A misaligned jaw can also cause problems with eating, speaking, and even breathing.

There are different procedures you can have, depending on how severely your jaw is misaligned. But once completed,  you should find you have a smile you can be proud of.

Preventing Further Damage

Not only will cosmetic dentistry improve your smile, but it will also protect you from further issues in the future.

Covering a cracked tooth with a crown, for example, will reduce the risk of the tooth becoming infected. Jaw realignment can prevent issues such as grinding teeth. A dental implant can minimize the risk of developing gum disease in the empty socket.

So not only will you have a smile to be proud of, but you’ll also have strong and healthy teeth that will keep you happy for years to come. Of course, you will still need to keep up your regular dental hygiene regime.

Increasing Self Confidence

Finally, the most important thing that cosmetic dentistry can do to enhance your smile is to make you feel more self-confident.

When you’ve got a smile that you’re not ashamed to show off, you will no longer feel self-conscious about your teeth. And with that boost in self-confidence, you will find that you actually start smiling a lot more. Which means that you get to enjoy all the health benefits that smiling has to offer.

So what are you waiting for?

Are You Looking for Great Cosmetic Dentistry?

If you’re looking for cosmetic dentistry to enhance your smile, then we’re here to help.

We offer a wide range of cosmetic dentistry treatments, from cleaning and polishing through to dental implants and more. We pride ourselves on our high level of service and patient satisfaction. But don’t just take us on our word; take a look at these testimonials from some of our previous clients.

If you’re looking to enhance your smile, then why not schedule an appointment today?

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Family Dentist: What to Expect During Your Visit

Unfortunately, fear of the dentist is an incredibly common phenomenon even among adults. Dentophobia can be caused by past bad experiences, but it can also come from an innate fear that’s much harder to pin down. No matter the cause, you don’t have to be afraid of visiting the family dentist.

Of course, overcoming anxiety is much easier said than done. One of the easiest ways to overcome fear is to understand the thing you’re afraid of. That’s where this article comes in.

Below, you’ll learn precisely what to expect from a trip to the dentist’s office.

First Visit

If it’s your first visit to a new office, there are a few things to expect. For one, treat this first trip as an opportunity to get to know the staff. Being comfortable with the team will help ease any anxieties you might have.

Use this as an opportunity to ask any questions you may have or express any concerns. Any good office will be happy to answer any questions you have.

Your first visit will also be a chance for your dentist to get any bits of medical information they may need from you. Expect to be asked about medical history, dental history, allergies, etc. Depending on your dentist’s practices, they may even run x-ray’s along with your oral exam, just to get a comprehensive idea of what your dental hygiene and overall oral situation looks like.

Overall, you should treat the first visit as a trial run. If something seems off, you can try going with a new dentist. But more than likely, you’ll find any fears you had were unfounded.

Routine Visit

Beforehand

Obviously, step one is making an appointment. Try to plan so that it interferes with your schedule as little as possible. This will help make it a low-stress affair.

Make sure to build in extra time since wait times can vary. There are often unforeseen circumstances, so having that extra padding will make sure your daily schedule isn’t thrown out of whack.

This is also when you can find out what your insurance will cover. Depending on your policy and whether your new dentist is in-network, you might have a co-pay. Find out what exactly to expect so you know how to prepare for your visit.

Plan on arriving 15 minutes early for your appointment. Even for routine appointments, it’s best to build in some extra time to fill out any necessary paperwork. 

At the Appointment

Now that you’ve got all the paperwork and preparation out of the way, it’s time to look at what happens during your actual appointment. There are a number of answers to this question.

First things first, you’ll be led to the extremely comfortable chair you’ll spend the rest of your appointment in. Next, they’ll typically cover your chest with a protective cloth so your clothes don’t get dirty. They might also provide eye shields to keep your eyes protected from the overhead light.

Before getting into the actual procedure, the hygienist will do a thorough examination of your whole mouth. This is just to make sure everything is as it should be and to find out what areas they might need to spend extra time on.

As you’re lying there waiting for your cleaning, you’ll probably notice the wide array of metal tools the hygienist has laid out. While they might look scary, they’re just simple instruments they’ll use to make sure your teeth are sparkling clean.

The hygienist will clean your teeth one by one. They’ll then use a spinning brush to polish your teeth. The good part about this is that you usually get to pick out your favorite flavor of buffing paste.

After that, you’ll get the chance for a thorough rinse. This will leave you feeling nice and refreshed after all the work that’s just been done.

Finally, the dentist will come in. Their job is to do a final exam and make sure everything is in order.

On top of checking to make sure the hygienist did a good job, they’ll also check for any abnormalities. This includes cavities, gingivitis, and other common oral issues.

This final check might include a bit of poking and prodding, but there shouldn’t be much pain. Don’t be concerned if your gums bleed a bit. This is normal and should be expected after a thorough cleaning. 

Something to keep in mind if you’re still experiencing anxiety after reading this is that you are the one in control. It’s easy to feel helpless when you’re laid back in an examination chair, but you have the power to call the shots. After all, the dentist is just there to provide a service for you.

If at any point during the cleaning or exam you experience intolerable pain, discomfort, or anxiety, a good dentist will be more than happy to let you take a break. Don’t be embarrassed or hesitant to ask for a little breather if you need one.

Ultimately, the procedures you’ll experience during a routine visit are simple, quick, and virtually painless. Don’t concern yourself too much with specifics. You’ll be in good hands.

Don’t Fear the Family Dentist

Now that you know exactly what to expect from a visit to your family dentist, your anxiety about the whole thing should diminish. As you can see, there’s really nothing to be nervous about at all! 

But if you’re still feeling a little fear, don’t feel bad. Sometimes hearing it from someone else is the best course of action. If you’re ready to see the dentist but still need some more convincing, check out these patient testimonials and then make an appointment to get those teeth back in tip-top shape!

 

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Top 5 Dental Hygiene Tips for a Better Smile

At least 10% of Americans have a dental phobia, which keeps them from going to the dentist twice a year, as they should. While this is understandable, getting into the habit of taking care of your teeth makes it easier to go back to the dentist. If you want to be proud of your smile, a few dental hygiene tips ensure that you’ll be comfortable with your teeth.

Here are five tips to ensure that you start getting the smile that you want and deserve.

1. Eat Right

The first step for some people trying to achieve healthy teeth might be to brush and floss. However, if you never eat any food, there’s nothing to worry about when it comes to brushing and flossing. While many foods have the ability to do damage to your teeth, there are many more than help to strengthen and build them up.

Lots of foods other than milk contain calcium. Even vegans find ways to get calcium into their diet in a natural way.

The fact of the matter is that leafy greens and crunchy vegetables have a lot of what you need for bone strength and health. When you eat crunchy vegetables, you both strengthen and clean your teeth.

Carrots and apples have natural sugars, meaning you’ll need to brush your teeth as often as anyone would. However, their natural fiber help to strengthen your teeth through chewing and clean them as the fibers hit them. You might never have imagined you could eat your way to healthier teeth, but it’s true.

2. Brush and Floss As Directed

If you’re like most people, your dentist has told you that you don’t floss enough. Even though you’re supposed to floss every day, only about 30% of Americans polled claim to floss that often if they’re even being honest. Brushing and flossing are the foundation of good dental health, whether you have the perfect diet or not.

If you’re not brushing twice a day, you’re missing out on the easiest way to protect your teeth. Since most people don’t like flossing, it’s going to be much harder for you to floss daily if you never brush.

Remember that the best time to brush your teeth is after meals. If you don’t have a toothbrush at your office, you might want to start packing one. Good dental health is connected to other kinds of health, so there’s no such thing as a healthy person with bad teeth.

Use soft bristles to protect your gums. It might mean that you’ll be replacing your brush more often but your gums will thank you by not receding.

When you brush, make sure you brush thoroughly. If you need to, set a timer for yourself. You should be brushing your teeth for two minutes every time you go at it, which feels much longer when you’re in front of the mirror.

3. Use Fluoride

If you want to harden your teeth’s enamel, you need to brush with a toothpaste with the best ingredients. The only basic ingredient your toothpaste needs are baking soda and fluoride. Everything else is extraneous.

Toothpaste claim to have all kinds of other elements, like the ability to whiten or to fix dental problems. Most of this isn’t strongly substantiated, but fluoride is the one element there’s proof for.

Tooth decay happens to everyone as they age, but if you want to mitigate the issues, fluoride can help.

4. You Are What You…Drink?

While you might have the food issues under wraps, are you thinking about what you’re drinking? A lot of people will tell you to drink more fruit juice, but that’s a total myth. When deciding between juice and soda for kids, most parents think that juice is better for teeth.

Well, it turns out that juice is just pure sugar with all of the important fibers separated from the fruit. Giving juice to your kids leads to fast tooth decay as the sugars in the juice eat away at their young teeth.

The same goes for adults. Bacteria that live on teeth love to feed on sugar. The sugars in food create the breeding ground for bacteria. Sugary foods turn into acid that eats away at teeth by the bacteria living on teeth.

That’s how people get cavities and holes in their teeth. Imagine the alien from the Aliens series spitting on your teeth and melting them. That’s what bacteria do with the help of sugars, just much more slowly.

5. Protect Your Teeth

If you play high-contact sports, you need to ensure that you protect your teeth. Whether you’re playing baseball, boxing, or out on the soccer field, you need to make sure you wear a mouth guard. If it’s feasible, wearing a full face helmet protects you from hard flying projectiles that are perfectly suited for knocking out teeth.

If a tooth gets knocked out, you need to hold it in place however you can until you get dental advice. This protects the nerve and helps to stop the bleeding. If the tooth is totally out of your mouth, the alternative is to put it in milk or to wrap the tooth in plastic until you can get the dental help you need.

Don’t ever use your teeth for anything you know you shouldn’t. Your teeth are meant for chewing food, not for opening up packaging, cracking a nut, or opening a bottle. If you use your teeth for these things, you’ll invite broken or chipped teeth.

Dental Hygiene Tips Help Give You What You Want

Everyone wants a smile that they feel confident about with teeth that feel strong and secure. If you follow a few dental hygiene tips, you ensure that you can maintain a clean and bright smile that you’re proud of. You’ll tell people how you feel openly and comfortably.

If you have other questions about how to have the smile you want, contact us for more tips.

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What to Expect in Your Dental Filling Appointment

No Need to Be Nervous: Here’s What to Expect in Your Dental Filling Appointment

What Visiting The Dentist For A Filling Is Like

If you have a dental filling appointment coming up, knowing what to expect can put your nerves at ease. Here’s what you can expect during the simple procedure.

Are you dreading having a tooth repaired with a dental filling? If so, you’re not alone.

Many people suffer from dental anxiety, which is a fear of having their teeth worked on. In fact, this anxiety is what makes many people avoid going to the dentist altogether.

However, it’s imperative you see a dentist if you suspect you have a cavity or other dental issue. Avoiding the problem will only make it worse.

If you have an upcoming filling scheduled and are struggling with anxiety, keep reading. We’re going over what you can expect from the process. Here’s a little hint – it’s a piece of cake.

The Initial Examination

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The first step is to determine if you need a filling in the first place. This means your dentist will need to check for either a cavity or minor fracture. If left untreated, these issues can lead to infection, further decay, and pain.

Your dentist can do a quick examination to check for an issue. They may use a dye that exposes areas of decay or a metal instrument to test the strength of your teeth. Don’t worry, the process is quick and easy.

They may also take an x-ray to determine the extent of the damage. An x-ray will show where the decay is developing or if a fracture is present.

Once your dentist performs a thorough examination, they’ll know what approach to take to fully restore your tooth. You’ll then need to schedule a separate appointment.

The Dental Filling Procedure

There’s not too much you’ll need to do to prepare for your appointment. Because the procedure is non-invasive, you don’t need to fast. Also, go ahead and brush your teeth as you normally would.

If you know you’ll have anxiety, try to schedule your filling for the morning hours. This way you won’t have to worry about it throughout the day.

The time it takes to complete the procedure will depend on the severity of your condition and the number of teeth your dentist must fill. However, it typically takes less than an hour to complete a single filling. There’s no reason to take off work or school.

Local Anesthetic

To ensure you don’t feel any pain, your dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area. They’ll either use a topical gel or local anesthetic administered by injection. This injection feels like a minor pinprick.

Some dentists use nitrous oxide gas, also referred to as “laughing gas” to make you more comfortable. This gas also relieves any pain associated with the procedure.

If you suffer from severe anxiety and don’t feel you can make it through the process, some dentists offer sedation dentistry. This involves the use of medication to sedate you during the filling. Your dentist can advise you on whether you’ll need this.

Keep in mind a simple filling only causes minor irritation. The numbing gel or local anesthetic is more than enough to make the process comfortable.

Preparing the Damaged Tooth

After the anesthetic has had time to kick in, your dentist will remove the decaying or damaged area. The filling gets placed over this area.

They’ll use a handheld instrument to remove the decay and water to loosen any debris. A dental assistant will use a small suction devise to get rid of this material. Your dentist may also use a laser to remove the damaged or decaying portions.

Finally, they’ll apply a gel which helps clean the tooth and remove any remaining debris or bacteria.

Applying the Filling

After all the decay gets removed, your tooth is ready for the filling. Depending on the condition of the tooth, your dentist may use a composite material or something else such as amalgam or resin.

First, they’ll place an adhesive material over the tooth. This material helps the composite bond to the tooth.

Then, the composite gets applied to the area where the decay or damage used to be. A dental assistant will apply a light to the tooth for a few seconds to harden the material.

Your dentist will repeat this process in order to build up the composite material and seal the tooth. This prevents further damage and ensures bacteria can’t form.

The Finishing Touches

After your dentist applies the composite material, they’ll smooth any edges and quickly polish the tooth. This helps your filling look and feel natural.

Then they’ll have you bite down on carbon paper. This helps determine if the filling is too high.

If it is, they’ll file it down so it lines up with your natural bite. This ensures the filling is in line with the rest of your teeth and you won’t have issues while eating. It can also protect the filling from damage.

Caring for Your Filling

After you’ve had a cavity filled, it’s important you take care of it. Fillings are strong but are still susceptible to damage.

You may feel slight discomfort after the procedure. This will pass in a few hours.

Make sure you engage in healthy oral hygiene on a regular basis. This means brushing, flossing, and using mouthwash. You don’t need to change the way you brush now that you have a filling.

Look into toothpaste specifically designed for sensitive teeth. This will help protect enamel and prevent decay from forming.

You should also use mouthwash with fluoride on a daily basis to kill bacteria.

Problems You May Encounter

It’s important to keep your eye out for problems after you’ve received a filling. There are a number of issues that can arise.

If you notice your filling pulling away from the tooth, see your dentist right away. If this happens, bacteria can enter the space between your tooth and the filling and cause an infection.

In addition, fillings can sometimes break. This can happen while eating or as a result of an impact. If you notice a chipped or broken filling, see your dentist to have it repaired.

Have a Filling Performed at the First Sign of a Problem

If you suspect you have a cavity, brushing more won’t solve the problem. Only a dental filling can protect your tooth from further damage.

The next thing you need to do is relax. Having a cavity filled is a quick and painless process and will help you maintain great oral health.

We provide a wide range of family dentistry services including cleanings, restorative procedures, and cosmetic dentistry. Learn more today.

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