Ins and Outs of Dental Fillings

Ins and Outs of Dental Fillings
August 16, 2019

Dental fillings are very common, yet many patients are not sure about the specifics of fillings, such as what they’re made of and how they can fix teeth. To help South Simcoe Dental Care patients stay informed about their oral health, we provide information about fillings and how they can benefit your oral health.

When Are Dental Fillings Recommended?

During an appointment with your dentist, they will perform a check-up of your teeth to look for any signs of damage or decay. If a dental problem is found, such as a cavity, your dentist may recommend a dental filling to save the tooth and prevent further damage to it.

What Are the Different Types of Dental Fillings?

There are many different materials your dentist can use to make sure your teeth are as healthy as happy. Some common materials include composite resin, amalgam, ceramic, glass ionomer, and gold. You and your dental expert can discuss the types of fillings and what works best for your dental situation.

How Are Dental Fillings Placed?

The process of getting a filling is easy and doesn’t involve much pain. If you’d like to be sedated, speak to your dentist before your appointment. Your dentist will numb the area surrounding the tooth that will be worked on and then remove any decay present in the tooth. Your dentist may also use lasers or air abrasion tools to remove decay. Once the decay is eliminated, the filling will be applied to the tooth, and a curing light will be used to harden the material, and then you can be on your way.

What Can You Expect After You’ve Gotten Fillings?

Once your filling has been successfully placed, the numbed area will regain sensation, and you will receive instructions from your dentist about caring for your teeth. If you experience any problems, such as prolonged sensitivity, speak with your dentist.

Are Dental Fillings Expensive?

The price of your dental fillings will depend on several factors, such as the material as well as your insurance. To learn more about paying for fillings, contact South Simcoe Dental Care for more information.