Fillings are used to fill the inside of a tooth when it has a hole as a result of cavities, congenital defects, or has been damaged from dental trauma. By filling the tooth, we can restore the health, structure, and function of the tooth. Fillings are the gold standard restorative treatment for cavities that haven’t reached deep into the tooth.
This prevents worsening decay that could lead to a tooth infection and the need for a root canal or extraction. Contact us at Wallingford Dental Care today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Imahn Moin.
There is no waiting period for eating after receiving a composite filling (except for the anesthetic).
During your consultation, Dr. Moin will perform an oral exam and take x-rays to determine if a dental filling is the right treatment for you. Severe tooth decay may require a root canal.
First, we will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic and then drill away any decay from the tooth.
A shade guide will be used to match the resin to your natural teeth.
After drilling out any remaining decay, we will etch the tooth and use a composite resin material to fill the inside of the tooth. A UV light is used to cure and harden the resin instantly. We can then trim any uneven areas and polish the tooth.
Composite fillings are also referred to as tooth-colored fillings because they mimic the appearance of the natural tooth by matching the shade of the resin with your teeth. No more do you have to endure an embarrassing silver filling to treat cavities, nor do you have to expose yourself to mercury.
Composite fillings are mercury-free, aesthetic, biocompatible, and durable. They can last for up to 10 years with proper care and are less invasive because we can preserve more of your tooth structure. The instant hardening from UV light means you don’t have to wait 24 hours for the filling to harden and can eat whatever you want.
Getting a filling only takes 30-60 minutes.
Composite resin fillings have an average lifespan of 5-7 years but with proper care, many patients enjoy perfectly undamaged fillings for up to 10 years. It all depends on how you care for your teeth.
With regular brushing, flossing, and dental visits you’ll keep tooth decay and gum disease at bay. Reduce your consumption of staining foods like coffee, tea, berries, juices, tomato sauces, and soda, as these will stain your teeth and fillings.
Teeth grinding can wear away at your fillings, so wear a night guard if you have Bruxism. Chewing hard and sticky foods can also cause your fillings to erode over time.
No, a dental filling is a routine procedure that we carry out all the time without any complaints from patients about pain. We administer a local anesthetic that takes away any pain sensations in your mouth while we drill away decay.
You may feel some sensation of pressure or tools in the mouth, but no pain. Once the anesthetic wears off, you may feel some minor tenderness or tooth sensitivity for a few days that can be relieved with anti-inflammatory pain medication
Silver amalgam fillings used to be the gold standard, but they are now being phased out of dentistry because of poor aesthetics and materials.