During your dental visits with us, it’s not uncommon for Dr. Samuelson to find decay on a tooth that might need filling to restore the health of your natural tooth.
A composite filling is a type of dental restoration that is used to repair decayed, fractured, or broken teeth. These types of fillings are made of a tooth-colored resin and are matched to the color of your natural teeth so that they blend seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
The Benefits of Composite Dental Fillings
Composite fillings are virtually invisible and don’t interrupt the appearance of your smile.
They also bond directly to your tooth structure, which helps to reinforce the tooth and prevent future decay in that area. Additionally, because composite fills the entire cavity (unlike amalgam which leaves small spaces), it helps to seal off the tooth and keep out bacteria.
Another benefit of composite dental fillings is that they can be placed in one appointment. The entire process can be completed in just one visit to our office.
Finally, these types of dental fillings are safe for patients with metal allergies or sensitivities. Amalgam contains mercury, which can be toxic if ingested in large amounts. However, because composite is made of resin, it does not contain any metals or toxins.
If you’re in need of a filling, don’t hesitate to contact our office today. We are always accepting new patients and would be more than happy to help you restore your smile.
Is it painful to get a filling?
It is completely normal to have concerns about the potential pain associated with getting a filling. However, you can rest easy knowing that the procedure is typically not painful. Before starting the treatment, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth that needs to be filled. This ensures that you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. Some patients may experience a slight pinch or pressure when the anesthetic is administered, but this discomfort is minimal and temporary. If you are particularly anxious about dental procedures, your dentist can discuss additional options to help you feel more comfortable and relaxed during the treatment.
How long do tooth fillings usually last?
The lifespan of a tooth filling can vary depending on several factors, including the type of filling material used and the location of the filling in your mouth. However, on average, tooth-colored composite fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 10 years or even longer with proper care. It’s important to note that regular dental check-ups and good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily, can significantly extend the lifespan of your fillings. During your routine dental visits, your dentist will examine your fillings to ensure they are still intact and functioning properly. If any issues are detected, they can be addressed promptly to prevent further damage.
How do I care for my fillings?
Taking care of your fillings is essential to maintain their longevity and protect your oral health. Here are some tips to help you care for your fillings:
1. Practice good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and floss daily to remove plaque and food particles from your teeth and around the fillings.
2. Avoid hard or sticky foods: Be mindful of your eating habits and try to avoid biting down on hard objects or chewing sticky foods, as they can potentially damage your fillings.
Limit acidic and sugary foods and drinks: Acidic and sugary substances can contribute to tooth decay and weaken your fillings. Try to minimize your consumption of these types of foods and drinks.
3. Wear a mouthguard: If you participate in contact sports or grind your teeth at night, wearing a mouthguard can help protect your fillings from potential damage.
4. Visit your dentist regularly: Regular dental check-ups are crucial for monitoring the condition of your fillings and identifying any issues early on. Your dentist will also perform professional cleanings to remove any plaque or tartar buildup around your fillings.
By following these care instructions and maintaining a good oral hygiene routine, you can help ensure the longevity and effectiveness of your fillings.