What to Expect When Treating Your Cavity with an Amalgam Filling

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Are you about to treat a cavity with an amalgam filling? If so, good for you! You’re on your way toward a strong and healthy smile once again. To help you know what to expect during your appointment at Grant R Young DDS, Dr. Grant R Young and our dental team would like to share the steps that are typically involved in amalgam dental filling treatment in Wausau, Wisconsin.

First, your dentist will numb your tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic, which will help you avoid experiencing any pain or discomfort during your treatment. Once your mouth is numb, your dentist will use a special tool, like air abrasion, a dental drill, or a laser, to remove the decayed tooth enamel.

Second, your dentist will thoroughly clean the tooth to make sure there are no more bacteria and debris in the area. This will make sure the tooth restores its full health. If the decay was near the tooth’s root, your dentist will place a special material in the tooth to protect the nerve. Once this is done, he will fill the tooth with a strong metal called amalgam.

Third, your dentist will harden the filling and will finish and polish it. Then, he will make sure it fits perfectly in your bite. If necessary, he will continue to trim and shape it until it is the perfect match for your smile.

For more details about a typical dental filling treatment, please call our office at 715-845-6222 and talk to a member of our dental team. We look forward to helping you know more about our beneficial dental treatments!