What are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings help to replace areas of decay in one or more teeth. Fillings are made out of composite resin, so they match your existing teeth perfectly without looking obvious. Your new fillings can last for many years without needing to be replaced. They are meant to stop the spread of decay before the tooth needs a root canal.
Why are Dental Fillings needed?
Oftentimes, a dental filling is needed if you have a cavity. Cavities can occur at any stage of life, though they’re more prevalent in children. Fillings help to replace these areas of decay so that the problem does not get worse. The filling itself is comfortable, smooth and can last for years with proper care.
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Who’s a good candidate for Dental Fillings?
Most patients who need a filling placed can safely and easily have the procedure done. This is because the benefits of fillings far outweigh any issues that may come as a result of having them placed. Because fillings are meant to mimic the look and color of real teeth, you won’t even be able to tell that a filling is in place. Composite resin fillings can be used to replace older metal amalgam fillings for patients who want a more aesthetically-pleasing smile.
What happens during the Dental Filling procedure?
The dental filling procedure first starts with local anesthetic. This numbs the area and makes the procedure more comfortable for you. Next, the decay is fully removed from the teeth and the small hole is filled with a bonding agent. The composite resin is then placed into this tiny hole and smoothed out for a perfect and even fit. The material will be cured with a special light so that it hardens and melts into place. The procedure can be done in about a half an hour and multiple fillings can be placed at the same appointment as needed.
If you think you may need a dental filling, call our office today and we’ll help to schedule an appointment for you at your earliest convenience.