Having a cavity is nothing to be ashamed of. But instead of letting it sit there, let’s fill it in as soon as possible.
When a tooth develops decay, it leads to cavities. When that happens, the last thing we want is for the decay to spread! Filling in the cavity keeps it from wreaking more havoc.
Luckily, getting fillings for teeth is a straightforward and relatively pain-free procedure, especially when you choose a trusted dental clinic.
The Two Main Types of Dental Fillings
Dental filling material varies between dental clinics. The type of dental fillings you choose is a personal decision, depending on budget and preferences. During your appointment, our Dakota Dental team can discuss the best option for you.
Composite or tooth-colored fillings are the preferred choice for many patients these days. Made from plastic and glass, composite fillings bond well to the rest of the tooth, effectively stopping the spread of decay. And because they’re white, they blend into the surrounding teeth better than traditional amalgam fillings.
Amalgam fillings, known as silver fillings, have existed for over 100 years. Equally effective as composite alternatives, amalgam fillings require more pre-filling preparation but can be more cost-effective. However, it’s worth noting that the silver of amalgam fillings isn’t as aesthetically pleasing to some.
Our dentists typically recommend composite fillings (tooth-colored fillings). The benefits of tooth-colored fillings include:
- Last longer than other options
- Stronger bond than silver fillings
- They don’t contain mercury
- In some cases, no anesthetic is needed
- Aesthetically pleasing
Plus, because they bond to the tooth, no removal of healthy tooth structure is needed. Before starting your procedure, your dentist will talk you through these different options again to make sure you’re getting the one you want.
Your Questions about Teeth Fillings Answered
How Long Do Fillings Last?
Depending on your oral hygiene habits, replace your fillings about every 10-15 years. Not only do older fillings darken, but they can also lead to tooth sensitivity, gum infections, or other oral hygiene issues. Waiting too long for a replacement can result in needing a crown or root canal.
During your appointment, our dentists can determine when to replace your fillings for the best results.
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How Long Do Fillings Take?
Generally speaking, one filling takes 20 minutes to one hour.
Why Do I Need a Tooth Filling?
If cavities aren’t filled, they can continue to develop and spread, impacting your oral and general health. Fillings help stop that from happening.
How Do I Deal With Tooth Pain After Filling?
Sensitivity or moderate pain is normal after a tooth filling. Avoid eating with that side of your mouth and avoid hot or cold liquids. While tooth sensitivity may last a few weeks after your appointment, it should subside afterward. If tooth pain or sensitivity doesn’t go away, schedule a follow-up appointment.
Should I Have My Amalgam Fillings Removed?
Yes, the mercury from older amalgam fillings can negatively affect your general and oral health. Learn more about our mercury removal technique and services.
Choose Quality Dental Care in Apple Valley
When it comes to your teeth, you want a dental team who cares about your comfort. At Dakota Dental, we know how to treat our patients to make dental visits enjoyable. Schedule an appointment and see the difference we can make.