People may only get two sets of teeth in their life, but they are extremely tough. The tooth’s enamel is the toughest part of the human body, and scientists have even discovered that human teeth are just as strong as shark teeth. Despite their strength, however, human teeth are not invulnerable to damage. Irregular brushing, forgetting to floss, and skipping regular dental checkups can all cause little holes to develop in your teeth courtesy of bacteria. Sometimes, teeth can also be damaged by trauma, such as when you bite down on hard candy or— even worse— when you use them as a bottle cap opener. Unfortunately, the body has no way to naturally repair damaged teeth the way it does with broken bones or cut skin. Thankfully, your Philadelphia cosmetic dentist has a way to repair them, as explained in this WebMD article:
To fill a tooth, your dentist will:
- Numb your teeth, gums, tongue, and surrounding skin. Your dentist will first put a substance that feels like jelly directly on the area to start the numbing process, and then inject an anesthetic to complete it. Many dentists will give you nitrous oxide gas (laughing gas) to reduce your pain and help you relax.
- Sometimes use a small sheet of rubber on a metal frame (rubber dam) to target the decayed tooth and to stop liquid and tooth chips from entering your mouth and throat.
- Drill out all the decay and replace it with a filling.
(Article Excerpt and Image from Fillings (Restorations), WebMD)