Dental Fillings in Eden Prairie, MN
Restore Damaged Teeth With
You might require a filling if you have a cavity or decay in a tooth. Fillings are necessary to restore the tooth’s structure and prevent further decay from progressing. By removing the damaged portion and filling the space with a durable material, we can halt the decay and strengthen the tooth, ensuring it remains functional and free from further deterioration.
Early intervention with fillings is essential to maintain your oral health and prevent the need for more extensive treatments in the future.
Preventing tooth decay starts with consistent oral hygiene practices. Brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing daily effectively removes food particles and plaque that contribute to decay. Additionally, maintaining a balanced diet and limiting sugary snacks can help minimize the risk of decay.
Regular dental check-ups and cleanings allow our team to detect early signs of decay and provide proactive treatment. By incorporating these habits into your routine, you can take significant steps toward preventing tooth decay and enjoying a healthy smile.
Dental fillings involve several steps:
- After numbing the area, the dentist removes the decayed portion using a drill or laser.
- The tooth is shaped for the filling and the chosen material is placed and hardened.
- After checking your bite and making adjustments, the filling is polished to blend with your natural teeth. Regular check-ups ensure the filling’s durability and your oral health.
Contrary to popular belief, fillings do not last forever. A filling usually lasts anywhere from 3-7 years on average but needs to examined by a dentist regularly to ensure it’s holding up well. If you see any discoloration, darkening, or chipping under the filling, call us and schedule an appointment as soon possible. These signs can indicate breakdown of the filling and indicate the need for replacement.