Fillings used to be ugly metallic things that everybody could see. Modern dentistry has evolved, and most dentists now use a white filling made from composite resin, which is much more attractive and provides a more robust, safer treatment. Patients in the El Dorado, Arkansas, area trust Dr. Paul Burns and the team at W Paul Burns, DDS, to safely place their fillings.
It is important to Dr. Burns that you are in a state of comfort when receiving your fillings. Many people have a connection in the minds of the dentist’s chair and discomfort, so it is essential to Dr. Burns and his team that you don’t associate coming in for a visit with pain. After all, if that were the case, you may avoid the dentist, and your oral health could suffer. Some minor fillings may proceed without local anesthetic, but most will call for the application of a numbing agent. The administering of this agent is easier than it used to be, making the entire process more comfortable.
In addition to cavities that have developed on the surface, you could have material within the tooth that’s decaying. All decayed material needs to be removed before a filling can be placed. If this decayed material is not drilled away, it will remain under the filling and eventually render the filling ineffective. Removing the decayed material is typically a quick process, but you will feel some buzzing, and there will be noise. Some patients find that bringing headphones to listen to music during the procedure helps.
Once your tooth is fully prepared, the filling material will be applied and bonded into place using a special light. Once the filling is in place, it will be polished for a finished look. In some cases, additional resin may be applied for extra hold. Once your filling is complete, nobody will ever be able to know that you have a filling in place.