What are Fillings?
A filling is a restoration that is used to fill in areas of tooth decay. If a cavity is found during your regular checkup, the decay is removed from the tooth and a composite (tooth-colored) filling is put in its place. Most fillings can last for years before they’ll need to be fully replaced. Fillings are ideal for both adult and pediatric patients and are done on an as-needed basis.
Why would Dental Fillings be needed?
The most common reason for needing a dental filling is because you have a cavity. Multiple fillings can be placed at the same appointment if they are on the same side or area of the mouth. Fillings can be used on areas of the tooth that have cracked, chipped or fractured. Fillings are tooth-colored in nature, so they blend well with the rest of your teeth.
What makes you a candidate for a Dental Filling?
The procedure to place a dental filling is done in about a half hour in our office. Because there are no incisions or sutures needed and because the filling helps to keep the tooth strong and free of decay, it’s ideal for most patients needing to have one or more placed. Fillings are long-lasting and are smoothed so that they’re comfortable. We will perform an exam and may take x-rays to determine if you’ll need to have a filling placed.
What can be expected when having a Dental Filling placed?
First, we will administer local anesthetic to make the procedure as comfortable as possible. The decay is fully removed from the tooth using a slower speed drill. The small hole is then prepped for the filling material. Composite is both placed and poured into this hole and smoothed into place. Once smooth, the material is hardened with a curing light so that it stays in place. Your new filling will last for many years before you’ll need to have it replaced. We will check on your fillings at each of your dental checkup appointments.
If you think you might need to have a dental filling placed or want to learn more about this procedure, call us now and our helpful staff members can further assist you.