What to Expect During a Filling

  • Posted on: Mar 15 2015
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Are you one of the millions of Americans that will have a tooth filled this year? While never desirable, you should not be afraid to have this important tooth restoration performed. In fact, failing to do so could cause more painful, expensive and time intensive treatment down the road.

In today’s dentistry, composite fillings are the norm and have many advantages. They are made to match the color of your existing teeth and are made of composite resin that is flexible but strong. Your filling should not fall out and should not cause damage to your tooth despite changes to temperature and environment. Because composite fillings are made to match your natural tooth color, your restoration is discreet and will not cause your tooth to grey or discolor.

shutterstock_143745607Receiving a filling is quick, in that it takes less than an hour. Fillings are also painless, thanks to dental anesthesia. After removing any decayed tooth structure, your dentist will fill the cavity with a resin that has been created to match your tooth’s natural color. The composite resin will be set with a special light, allowing you to use your filled tooth immediately. However, it is advised that you not eat or chew until any anesthesia has worn off – typically within an hour or two following the procedure. You can return to work, school or other activities immediately.

If you are in need of a filling or any other dental restoration, contact our office for a consultation today.

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