What Is the Process of Dental Fillings?

So, you’re experiencing some pain and might have a cavity. It’s natural to want to know more about dental fillings. At Weninger Dentistry, we offer a range of dental filling options to our patients, and we’re happy to answer any questions about the dental filling process. Here’s what you need to know.

Dental Material Options

Patients often have three options when it comes to the material they use to get dental fillings.

Gold cast fillings – Gold fillings are made up of a gold alloy that contains gold, copper and other metals. Gold fillings can last as long as 20 years, and even longer. Gold also tends to be the most expensive, so if you’re on a budget, this may not be the right filling for you.

Silver fillings – Dental amalgam fillings, also sometimes called “silver fillings,” are made up of a mixture of mercury, silver, copper, tin and zinc. Amalgam fillings have been used for decades, and contain amount of mercury that is considered safe for patients.

Composite fillings – Composite fillings are tooth colored, so they’re virtually unnoticeable once they’re in place on a tooth. They’re also mercury free. These fillings aren’t always covered by insurance, so if this is your filling of choice, find out from your insurance company if composite fillings are a covered service.

Steps Of a Dental Filling

A dental filling procedure starts with a local anesthetic to help you feel more comfortable. Once you can’t feel the work being done, your damaged tooth will be prepared for the filling. Your dentist will start by removing the damaged parts of your tooth and cleansing the site of bacteria. Once the site has been cleaned and prepared, the filling material is put in place.

The curing process varies from one type of filling to the other. For example, composite filling must be hardened with a special bonding light. Once the material has cured, the filling must be polished.

Preventing Cavities

Fillings help patients maintain healthy teeth after a cavity has formed, but it’s better to stop cavities from forming in the first place. You can protect your teeth from cavities by maintaining good oral hygiene, and by seeing your dentist on a regular basis.

  • Brush your teeth twice per day. It’s important to brush your teeth properly. Have your dentist at Weninger Dentistry show you how to brush your teeth, or watch this video from the American Dental Association.
  • Floss your teeth once daily. Floss at the end of the day to prevent plaque from building up between your teeth.
  • Consider dental sealants. Dental sealants form a plastic shield over the teeth that prevents dental decay from occurring.
  • See the dentist every six months. Come in for twice-yearly dental cleanings to protect your teeth from bacteria.
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      Take care of your teeth with Weninger Dentistry. If you’re experiencing tooth pain, you might have a cavity. Call today to make an appointment.