What is a Dental Filling?

A dental filling replaces an area in one or more teeth that have become decayed. When a cavity forms, the decay will begin to essentially eat away at the tooth, further compromising its overall strength and integrity. If decay is allowed to reach the inside of the tooth, known as the pulp, you will need a root canal. Before it gets to that point, a simple filling can be placed to remove the decay and replace it with a high-quality composite resin material.

Why would you need to have a Dental Filling?

Most often, a filling is required if a tooth has a cavity. Fillings can be utilized for small and large cavities, but a root canal is needed beforehand if the decay has reached the inner pulp of the tooth. Because fillings are made out of a tooth-colored resin material, you can expect the restoration to last for years before needing to be replaced. Fillings are ideal for patients of all ages and are meant to improve the overall strength and structure of the tooth.

What makes you a good candidate for a Filling?

In general, most patients who need a filling are good candidates for the procedure. There is absolutely no surgery required and most fillings can be done in about half an hour. Even children may need a filling from time to time if a cavity is found during their routine dental exams. You may want to change out old amalgam (metal) fillings for tooth-colored fillings if you want to enhance your smile.

What can you expect when having a Filling placed?

The filling procedure is quick, easy, and straightforward for most patients. First, you will receive a local anesthetic so that you do not feel the work being done. Dr. Sheth will then drill into the tooth to remove the decay. All of the decay has to be removed for the filling procedure to be successful. The hole that was made in the tooth is prepared for the material. Composite resin is poured into the tooth and shaped into place. It’s then cured with a bright light that hardens it into place. You’ll be able to go home within about an hour to enjoy the look and feel of your new filling.

If you think you may need a filling or want to come in for an exam, call our office today and we can schedule you with a convenient appointment.

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