Dental fillings are materials used to restore teeth damaged by decay. The filling material is placed in the cavity created by tooth decay and helps to support and protect the tooth. Some materials used for dental fillings include gold, silver, composite resin, and porcelain. Dr. Amanda Burke will recommend a filling material based on the location and extent of the damage to your tooth and your preferences.
You will talk with Dr. Amanda to discuss your options and decide if the fillings are right for you. She will assess the condition of the decay using x-rays.
Your dentist will then remove tooth decay using a drill or other tools.
Once the decay is removed, your dentist will etch your teeth to create a rough surface for the filling material to adhere to.
The dentist will apply the filling material and bond it into place. She will then shape and polish the filling to look natural and feel comfortable in your mouth.
Most people don't feel any pain during or after the procedure. However, you may experience minor discomfort that will subside after a while.
You might experience some degree of sensitivity to cold and hot temperatures for the first few days after getting a dental filling. This is normal and typically subsides within a week. You may also experience some tenderness when biting or chewing for the first few days. It is important to avoid sticky and hard foods immediately after your procedure. These foods can cause discomfort and even dislodge your new filling.
The cost of having a dental filling varies depending on the filling material the dentist uses and the location and size of the tooth. If you have insurance, your dental plan may cover some or all of the cost of your dental filling. Contact us today to get an estimate of what your dental filling will cost.