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If you have a cavity, Dr. Kent Stasney may recommend a dental filling in Slidell, Louisiana, to restore the health of your tooth.

What is a dental filling?

A dental filling is a material that is used to restore a tooth that is damaged by decay back to its regular shape and function. The decay is removed and then the dental filling is used to fill the area. Having a dental filling placed helps prevent further decay to the tooth.

Do I need a dental filling?

When you visit Slidell Family Dental Care for your routine dental cleaning and exam, Dr. Kent Stasney can diagnose tooth decay that needs to be treated with a dental filling. A small mirror will be used to examine the surfaces of each tooth. Our dentist uses other tools to examine any areas that look abnormal. Dental X-rays are also useful for spotting decay, especially if the decay is in an area that is difficult or impossible to see with the naked eye.

How is a dental filling placed?

Before placing a dental filling, Dr. Kent Stasney will numb the area. The decay is then removed from the tooth and the area is shaped to prepare it for the dental filling. The area is thoroughly cleaned and checked. The filling material is then placed and shaped. If a composite dental filling is being placed, the material is placed in layers. Any excess material is removed and the final dental filling is shaped and polished.

If you would like more information about dental fillings and to set up your next appointment, contact Slidell Family Dental Care at 985-643-4553 today.