Dental fillings are used to fill holes in the structure of teeth. This can include cavities, enamel erosion, and damage from dental trauma. We use a shade guide to match the shade of your natural teeth to the resin used to fill your tooth. This helps restore the function, aesthetic, and structure of your tooth.
Eating a diet high in sugar and acids increases your risk of cavities.
Dr. Montgomery will need you to come in for a consultation. Here, an oral exam will be performed. If an infection is suspected, we will take x-rays.
Your tooth will be numbed before drilling out decay from the tooth.
To encourage the composite resin to stick to the tooth, we will etch your tooth with an acidic solution.
Composite resin is painted on the tooth in layers and cured with UV light.
Composite resin is a plastic material that is used to fill holes in the teeth. It differs from other fillings in that it is tooth-colored and produces aesthetic results. We also don’t have to remove as much of your tooth structure in preparation for the filling, which makes them less invasive.
Old fillings like amalgam materials used to take 24 hours to cure, but composite resin instantly hardens when exposed to UV light. This enables our patients to eat a restriction-free diet immediately after getting a filling.
However, they should wait until the anesthetic wears off first. Another advantage of composite fillings is that they are mercury-free, which makes them suitable for most people, including pregnant women.
Composite fillings last for about 5 to 7 years.
Cavities are holes that form in the teeth as a result of tooth decay. They are caused by enamel erosion from acids. When you don’t properly brush or floss your teeth, food particles and plaque get left behind.
The bacteria from the plaque feed off of the left-behind sugars in the mouth and transform them into acids. These produced acids then attack your tooth enamel and lead to holes known as cavities.
No, it is not painful to get a dental filling. Receiving a dental filling is a routine dental procedure that we perform all the time and we ensure that our patients feel as comfortable as possible. We administer a local anesthetic before performing any drilling so you don’t feel any pain.
Additional sedation is always available if you have sensitive teeth or dental anxiety. Some minor tenderness or sensitivity may occur for the first few days after receiving a filling but will subside on its own. We recommend taking anti-inflammatory pain medication if you experience any discomfort.
Composite fillings are not as durable as amalgam fillings but are much more aesthetic.