The Filling Procedure: What to Expect
Are you wondering how long a filling will take? The good news is that cavities are relatively easy for dental professionals to fix. And what’s more, they use a local anesthetic to numb the area that they’ll be working on so that you feel no pain during the procedure. The anesthetic will be injected into the gum tissue, which might cause a stinging sensation, but this is only temporary.
Then, the dental professional will use a dental drill or laser to remove decay from the tooth. Next, the newly created space needs to be made ready for the filling. How? The dental professional will shape the area and may even etch the tooth with an acid gel.
The next step in the process is the actual application of the filling material. Some types of filling materials need to be hardened using a special light, which the dental professional may shine on you during the procedure.
Finally, the filling needs to be polished. Polishing smoothens the filling and removes any sharp edges that could hurt your tongue or cheek lining.
So how long does the filling procedure take? The procedure is quite straightforward and shouldn’t take about an hour to complete. If you have multiple cavities that need to be filled, your dentist might decide to treat them over multiple visits.