Make Teeth Look And Feel Natural Again.
One of the most common procedures we perform at our office is dental fillings. They are used to repair and restore teeth and can prevent painful decay or infection that may require more extensive treatment. To fill cavities, we use composite resin fillings that match the colour of your natural tooth. Unlike metal (amalgam) fillings, tooth-coloured composite resin bonds well with the tooth and can fill smaller spaces, resulting in less drilling. This means that you get a restoration that is more natural-looking and durable.
Why Are Fillings So Important?
Many people view getting a filling as a hassle. They may postpone it or question why it is necessary, particularly if they are not currently experiencing any discomfort. However, we highly recommend that you have your cavities filled as soon as possible, and here is why:
-Stop cavities from getting bigger.
-Prevent painful infections or abscesses.
-Cavities weaken your tooth. Fillings restore strength and durability.
-They save you money in the long run.
-Reduce sensitivity to hot and cold.
-Preserve your natural smile for as long as possible.
How Is A Cavity Filled?
Prior to beginning the procedure, we will take the necessary time to ensure that your gums are numb. This step can sometimes make people feel apprehensive, but it is important to note that it will only gently freeze the area. Once your teeth and surrounding area are numb, you will barely feel anything during the procedure.
Filling the Tooth
Once we have confirmed that you are comfortably numb, we will begin by carefully cleaning and preparing the affected tooth. Next, an adhesive gel will be applied to the tooth, followed by the application of composite resin (white filling material). We will then carefully mould and sculpt the filling to match the natural contours and bite of your tooth.
Curing the Composite
The composite resin material used to fill or bond your tooth is quickly cured and hardened with a special LED light. Once the filling material has hardened, the dentist will carefully examine the finished tooth and make any necessary finishing touches before giving it a final polish.
The Cost Of A Filling In Midlothian
Fillings are a routine and effective way to prevent and treat dental problems. In fact, many insurance companies provide significant coverage for fillings, recognizing their importance in maintaining good oral health. With a typical insurance plan, you could expect to pay anywhere from $0 to $100+ for a filling. However, if you do not have dental insurance, the cost can range from $120 to $300 or more, particularly if you require multiple fillings at once.
When we determine the actual cost of your treatment we refer to a few important factors:
-Your current oral health.
-How many fillings you need.
-Where the cavity is located in your mouth.
-Whether or not any new x-rays are required.
-The amount of time required by the dental team to meet your specific needs.
-The equipment and supplies that will be needed to serve all your needs
Filling cavities promptly is very important to us, as fillings are so effective at preventing more invasive treatments, preventing serious dental pain and keeping you as happy and healthy as possible.
It’s important to have an oral exam and consult with a dentist for an accurate quote. Dental practices can provide insurance quotes upon request.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
The best type of filling depends on your individual needs and preferences. Your dentist will recommend the best option based on the size and location of the cavity, your oral health, and other factors.
The lifespan of a filling depends on several factors, such as the type of material used, the size and location of the cavity, and how well you take care of your oral health. Generally, fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more.
During a filling procedure, your dentist will numb the area around the tooth and remove the decayed portion. The cavity will then be filled with the appropriate material, which will be shaped and polished to match the surrounding teeth.
Yes, you can eat and drink normally after getting a filling. However, it is best to avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods for a few hours after the procedure.
To take care of your fillings, you should maintain good oral hygiene practices, including brushing and flossing regularly. You should also avoid biting down on hard objects, grinding your teeth, or using your teeth to open packages. Regular dental checkups are also important to monitor the health and integrity of your fillings.
Yes, dental fillings are often covered by dental insurance plans, although the amount of coverage can vary depending on the plan. Some insurance plans cover a certain percentage of the cost, while others may have a set dollar amount limit. It’s always best to check with your dental insurance provider to determine what type of coverage you have for fillings.