Dental Fillings in
Brandon, MS

What Are Dental Fillings?

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.

Did you know…

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Approximately 175 million dental fillings are completed annually.

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What to Expect: The Dental Fillings Process

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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.

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Decay Removal

Your dentist will then remove tooth decay using a drill or other tools.

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Once the decay is removed, your dentist will etch your teeth to create a rough surface for the filling material to adhere to.

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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.

Types of Dental Fillings

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Composite Fillings

These are made of resin or plastic. They can be color-matched to blend with the rest of your smile, which is why composite fillings are ideal for restoring cavities on either the back or front teeth.

Amalgam Fillings

Amalgam is a type of dental filling typically made of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. Our amalgam fillings are strong and durable. This makes them a good choice for large cavities or areas of high stress. In some cases, they can also be used on teeth that have had root canal treatment.

Did you know…

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Dental fillings can last for more than 15 years.

Have Questions About Dental Fillings?
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Will my tooth hurt after getting a dental filling?

Most people don't feel any pain during or after the procedure. However, you may experience minor discomfort that will subside after a while.

What should I expect after getting a filling?

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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.

How much will it cost to have a dental filling?

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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.

Did you know…

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Your dental filling treatment can be completed in one session.

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