DENTAL FILLINGS & SEALANTS IN TAMPA, FL
Many people live with fillings for decades with no issues. Fillings are used to treat dental cavities. The sooner a cavity is diagnosed, the easier it’ll be to treat with a filling. Although regular flossing brushing can keep your teeth healthy and free of plaque, it’s impossible to reach every crevice, especially in the rear teeth. Dental sealants work by closing off the surfaces of the teeth and protecting them from plaque and food particles. At New Tampa Smiles in Tampa, FL, this is one of the reasons we encourage people to keep up with their regular visits.
Getting a filling is simple and usually only takes one visit. We start by numbing the affected area using local anesthesia. We’ll then start to clean the cavity and remove any dead parts before using a gel that’ll make the filling stick. After placing the filling, ultraviolet light is used to harden it and make it firmly adhere.
It’s a simple procedure and you’ll be able to drive yourself home. Patients who get fillings can eat and drink once the anesthesia wears off so they don’t bite their lips or tongue.
Tooth decay is the destruction or breaking down of hard tooth enamel to cause holes or cavities at a later stage. Cavities can be painful and cause great discomfort. In Tampa, FL, our dentist suggests that tooth decay occurs when bacteria feed on sugars left behind by food particles. The friendly dental team at New Tampa Smiles advises patients to brush after meals, eat healthy food, and minimize sugary, starchy foods.
Dental sealants protect premolars and molars from the risks of tooth decay. Our dentist advises you to get your teeth examined twice a year for any dental problems. Once the examination and cleaning are over, we may recommend dental sealants at New Tampa Smiles as a preventive measure.