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DENTAL TOOTH FILLINGS

During a dental check-up, one of the exams your dentist will always perform is to check for signs of cavities. Cavities are areas of decay on the teeth caused by excess bacteria, sugary foods, and drinks, as well as poor daily hygiene habits.

As of now, there is no procedure to reverse a cavity. Therefore it’s essential to remove the area of decay as soon as it’s detected to prevent it from becoming more severe. After the decay is removed, teeth are restored or “filled” in a variety of ways.

DENTAL FILLING TREATMENTS

When a cavity or area of decay has been removed, dental fillings are the traditional solution to bringing your tooth back to full functionality. Dentists are capable of filling the space where the cavity resided to reduce the chance of further infection, using different types of materials. This procedure is completed in a single visit and is a standard dental procedure for most adults.

DIFFERENT TYPES OF FILLINGS

There are two options for dental fillings available based on your dental need, insurance coverage, and personal preference. There are some cases where dentists prefer using only one of the materials in their practice for all patients. Both materials are durable and protect the restored tooth during daily activity.

Amalgam

  • Fillings made from Amalgam are known as the ‘silver fillings.' These fillings are currently identified as safe by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Dental Associate (ADA). This option can be very effective in restoring tooth functionality, however, tends to be less appealing to patients looking for a natural-looking repair option. The material is best suited to high caries risk patients as well as areas where moisture cannot be eliminated.

Composite

  • Fillings made from composite materials are increasing in popularity for their natural-looking appearance. Composite fillings are made from resin, which is a compilation of glass and plastic to achieve the look of a natural tooth. Featuring a white tint, it is often difficult to distinguish which teeth have composite fillings and which do not. These can be very moisture sensitive.

POST FILLING CARE

After your new dental filling placement, your dentist will provide post-procedure instructions to limit discomfort and to prevent the filling from cracking or breaking. Your dentist will most likely encourage you to avoid foods and drinks that are very hot or very cold to decrease pain from sensitivity. Hard or chewy foods will also be off limits for some time to avoid breaking or unintentional removal of the filling.

WHEN TO GET A DENTAL FILLING

If you attend regular appointments with your dentist, these visits will be the best determination as to when you may need a filling. However, if you do not see your dentist on a regular basis, it can be difficult to detect a cavity is present. On occasion, decay will cause discomfort, pain, and sensitivity, but not always. As soon as a cavity is diagnosed, you should make an appointment to have it treated. Leaving cavities in your mouth untreated can cause future damage to surrounding teeth, often resulting in the need for extractions.

CHILDREN AND DENTAL FILLINGS

Some may wonder: Why fill a baby tooth if they are just going to fall out anyway?  Cavities are caused by bacteria, which if left until the baby tooth falls out, can be hazardous to your child’s oral and systemic health. It’s crucial to treat cavities as soon as they are detected, even if they are only baby teeth.

The process of placing dental fillings in children is very similar to adults. Dentists may offer nitrous oxide to allow children to relax if they are experiencing anxiety regarding the procedure.

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TOOTH FILLING DURABILITY

Dental fillings are an excellent solution to restoring the functionality and beautiful appearance of your teeth after a cavity is removed. Regular check-ups are the best preventive steps to take to monitor the health of your teeth, so don’t forget to keep up those 6-month appointments!

 

DENTAL FILLING PROCESS

When your dentist discovers a cavity, an appointment will be scheduled to remove the decay and place the dental filling. The first process of setting a filling is to remove the entire cavity and any other signs of decay from the affected tooth/teeth. The dentist will numb the area with a mild anesthetic to decrease discomfort during the procedure.

If there is already a restorative filling or material on the tooth, your dentist will remove this before placing a new filling. There is no way to tell what size of filling is needed before removing the cavity, so this decision is often made directly before placement.

After the tooth or teeth are cleaned, the filling is placed. The filling is layered into the space where the decay was removed and shaped carefully into the size of the former tooth, using either amalgam or composite materials. Adjustments of the filling will be made based on your bite, ensuring the treatment comfortably fits into your mouth.

TOOTH FILLING EXPENSE

Dental filling costs will vary based on your unique treatment. The size and location of the filling, the materials used, and your insurance coverage will all play a role in the final price. Before beginning the procedure, the dental team will review your treatment and benefits to assist you in choosing the best option for your budget. Insurance plans will cover regular visits, preventative measures, and exams. However, each plan is different and continuously changes in coverage. Calling your insurance company before your appointment will also assist your decision-making process in picking the most appropriate procedure for your care.

PRACTICE REVIEWS

I have been a patient of this practice for several years and cannot say enough great things! Though I typically see Dr. Spangler, all three doctors are extremely knowledgable, thorough and attentive to detail. The staff as a whole combines professionalism with genuine concern for the patient to provide individualized care. Scheduling or being seen in a timely manner has never been an issue as the administrative staff members are kind, caring and extremely helpful! I recommend this office to all of my friends-- my family members are already patients 🙂

Brianna Robinson

My daughters and I went for a new client appointment today and were thrilled with their staff and level of service provided. Would highly recommend their office to anyone looking for top quality dental service.

Angie Mauldin

Absolutely fantastic dental practice - I have been a patient of Dr. Leal's for years and have received top notch dental care. The business side of the practice is great too. I could not be more pleased with my total care - dentists, hygienists and office staff. They genuinely care about me, are very respectful and have always run on time for my appointments.

Will Miller

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