Preparing For A Cavity Filling*

*This post is in collaboration with Media Buzzer*

Do you find yourself putting off dental appointments? You’re not alone. Many patients have some sort of anxiety associated with visiting the dentist. For many, the anxiety is so severe that they simply don’t go to the dentist. Ever. But, the consequences of neglecting your visits go beyond just aesthetics. Poor oral hygiene is linked to a range of health problems, from heart disease to infections.
Instead of avoiding your dental visits, there are things you can do to prepare yourself, especially if you are due to get a cavity filling.

Preparing for a Cavity Filling

1.    Make the Appointment

Even if you’re not sure whether or not you do need a filling, you need an initial appointment with a trusted dentist Stafford residents are visiting for X-rays and an examination. You can then schedule the filling procedure.

2.    Decide on the Kind of Filling

There are a number of different filling materials, such as metal amalgam, gold fillings and composite resin. Not every dentist will offer each type of filling, so be sure to ask your dentist what they use and what the best option is for you.

3.    Figure Out Finances

The next step is to find out if your insurance will cover the cavity filling. If it doesn’t, and the price is just too expensive for you to cover yourself, talk to your dentist. Many dentists offer payment plans or you may be able to choose a more affordable treatment for your filling.

4.    Get Your Dental Fear Under Control

Many people do avoid the dentist out of sheer fear. That alone can cause cavities. If you’re nervous about going to the dentist or getting fillings, practice relaxation techniques that you can use during your dental visit.

5.    Find Out About Accommodation

We don’t mean a hotel room. Rather, find out what kinds of accommodation your dentist can make for your fears and anxieties. It might help to have your dentists carefully explain each step of the filling procedure, or you might not want to know anything about the process. Aesthetic and sedation are also options worth exploring. Be open and honest with your dentist about your anxieties.

6.    Find Out If You’ll Need a Temporary Filling

In some cases, you might need a temporary filling. This usually happens when:
  • A filling requires several appointments, for instance before placing a gold filling or for some filling procedures that make use of composite materials.
  • After a root canal
  • To allow the nerve of your tooth to calm down if its pulp has become agitated
  • If you require emergency dental treatment

Temporary fillings are not designed to last. Typically, they will fall out or even simply wear out after a few weeks. Make sure you do get in touch with your dentists to have the temporary cavity filling replaced with a permanent solution. If you don’t there’s likelihood of your tooth becoming infected and a range of other complications.

These 6 points should help you prepare the next time you need a cavity filling.

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