Cavities damage your tooth and cause you pain, but the damage isn’t over once they’re removed. Instead, because the decay literally creates a hole in your tooth, a dentist needs to do more than remove the infected part of your tooth. If you want to recover entirely from a cavity and protect your tooth from further damage, you need a filling.
Dental fillings might sound scary, but they’re actually a practical, easy way to restore a tooth damaged by a cavity. The dentists at Schererville & Chesterton Family Dentistry are more than happy to explain teeth fillings to you and offer fillings that should protect your teeth for years.
Why You Might Need a Filling
What happens if you don’t fill a cavity? Once the decayed part of your tooth is removed, the empty space can quickly fill with food particles and more bacteria unless the space is properly filled.
A filling also strengthens your tooth from the inside out. If you have a filling, your tooth won’t be weaker from the cavity. Your tooth will also retain its natural look, shape, and feel.
How Fillings Work
If you have a cavity, your dentist in Schererville, IN or Chesterton, IN will start by numbing the area around the infected tooth. Then, he or she removes the infected part of your tooth. Thanks to the numbing agent, you shouldn’t feel any pain.
Finally, your dentist will fill the tooth. The numbing agent should wear off in a matter of hours, and you’ll be left with a cavity-free tooth that will protect you from further decay.
Contact Schererville & Chesterton Family Dentistry
At our family dentistry practice, we want to make sure our patients feel comfortable, so we’ll gladly answer any of your questions. We’re open early in the morning and late at night so we can suit your schedule.
We have 20 years of experience serving clients in Schererville, IN and Chesterton, IN, and we’re confident we can serve you well too. Get in touch with our Chesterton or Schererville location to schedule your appointment for dental fillings.