Preparing for a Cavity Filling

Tuesday, September 26, 2017 04:02 PM

One of the procedures you may have done at PMDC Dental Center is having a cavity filled. This is usually not an overly complicated procedure, but there are some things you can do to prepare for it.

One important thing to do when preparing for a cavity filling is to ask the dentist who will be doing the filling about the procedure. Ask the dentist what will happen during the procedure. If you have the opportunity, look online for information about the cavity filling procedure so you can ask the dentist questions about what you read. They may be able to clarify some of the things you read, and looking up that information may inspire you to ask questions of your dentist that you might not otherwise have thought to ask. You will also want to ask the dentist about what the expected recovery time might be, as well as what types of foods you should avoid in both the short-term and long-term after the procedure is done.

Deciding on the type of filling you want to get is another thing to consider prior to the procedure. Fillings come in two forms: amalgam fillings and composite fillings. An amalgam filling is silver colored and is typically the cheaper option, but it is usually the longer-lasting version. However, the dentist may have to remove bits of healthy tooth in order to properly insert it. A composite filling is usually more expensive and doesn’t last as long, but is colored to blend in with the tooth. Amalgam fillings are typically more common for back teeth fillings, while composite fillings are more common for front teeth fillings. However, you can usually pick which one you want.

Keeping yourself calm before the filling is also important, as you don’t want to get over anxious. If possible, try to schedule your appointment for the morning so you don’t have to spend all day thinking about it. However, if that’s not an option, try doing something that relaxes you, whether it is exercising, reading, watching TV, or anything else that can relax you. You may also want to see if a friend or family member can go with you to the appointment, as having their support can be of great benefit.

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