Fillings are one of the most common dental treatments that we give as a local dentist. In fact, local dentists perform about 175 million fillings on American patients each year. That’s a rough estimate, but it’s not hard to imagine. Many people are adamant about their oral hygiene, and we love that, but they still come to their appointment to find that they have to get a filling. This is nothing to be ashamed of. If you need to get a filling, here are some facts to ease your worries.

There Are Many Kinds of Fillings

Many people remember getting silver-colored fillings as children. These unfortunately unsightly restorative options were primitive compared to what local dentists have now. These days, restorative fillings can either match your tooth color, or if your filling needs a crown, they can improve it. The most popular kinds of fillings are made out of composite resin, which will match your tooth’s natural hue.

You Won’t Need Two Appointments

This misconception typically arises when people think of root canal treatment. Root canals require intensive dental treatment that needs two sessions to complete. However, a standard filling can be completed within one session. Typically, standard fillings will not need a crown over them. From there, you’d simply need to take extra care of the tooth for a few days until it heals completely.

Some Cavities Don’t Need Fillings

That’s right; some cavities don’t need fillings. Unfortunately, that isn’t always for good reasons. For example, a cavity might be so deep that it needs restorative dentistry like a root canal, and then a crown on top of the root canal site. In extreme cases, a cavity runs so deeply that a root canal cannot save it. Thankfully, that kind of scenario is not likely to occur. Technology has made it possible so that most teeth can be saved.

Your Cavity Will Get Worse Without A Filling

Contradictorily, not getting your cavity filled will cause it to get worse. Teeth do not regenerate or heal themselves after damage. Once your adult teeth have grown in, that’s what you have to work with for the rest of your life. To prevent decay, it’s important to make regular appointments with your local dentist so it can be treated early.

In most cases, a cavity will not require you to get intensive dental procedures like dental surgery. However, it’s up to you to take care of your teeth by keeping up with your oral hygiene and dentist appointments. If you’re due for an appointment, please schedule one with First Hill Dental Center in Seattle. We would rather help you prevent a cavity from getting worse than restore it.