What is the process for getting a filling if I have diabetes?

If you have a cavity and your dentist needs to fill it, check with your dentist about the best time to make your appointment. Depending on your diabetes medication and blood sugar fluctuations, you need to see the dentist at a time when your blood sugar will be least  affected. When you arrive at the dentist's office, the dentist will numb the area so you feel no pain with the drilling. Using special instruments and a drill, the dentist will remove all the decay from the tooth. Some dentists use lasers to remove decay. Keep in mind that the noise you hear from the drill is not dangerous -- it's just noise. This drill removes all the decay from the tooth. A lower speed drill removes decay from the softer part of the tooth (the dentin). After the decay is removed from your tooth, the dentist will smooth the space and prepare a filling to fit. Sometimes the filling material releases fluoride to help protect your tooth from more decay and destruction. Some types of fillings have to be hardened with a light. If your dentist shines a bring light into your mouth, that's what is happening. After the filling has hardened, the dentist will smooth the filling so you won't even feel it with your tongue or when you bite down. After the filling, your dentist may suggest that you do not eat for a while. Make sure you have prepared for this in scheduling your appointment. You do not want any blood sugar problems during this time.

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