It is common for most people to get at least one filling in their lifetime. This is a way of fixing a cavity that has not yet developed into tooth decay, which would require root canal. Most insurance plans cover the majority of costs for both posterior and anterior teeth. Ashley Dental provides top-notch service when it comes to fillings and offers the following types:
- Composite fillings – These fillings are the white-colored ones that blend right in with your teeth. It is actually a composite that is bonded into the tooth and these are sometimes called white fillings. These stay firmly in place and are the most popular choice among patients.
- Amalgam fillings – These are the silver fillings placed in your teeth when you have a cavity. A filling is inserted into the tooth through the use of a process called undercutting. These are not used as frequently as they were years ago, but are a more affordable alternative to composite fillings. Amalgam fillings are often considered better for back teeth because of their strength and durability.
The procedure for inserting a filling involves a local anesthesia and can be done during one visit. This is a safe and common practice that is quite come in cosmetic dentistry. The cost of dental fillings is even considered affordable when it is not coupled with an insurance plan. Modern dentistry has enabled fillings to become commonplace among patients. While cavities are a popular reason for the insertion of fillings, here is a look at some other reasons why patients utilize this option:
- Chips in tooth
- Broken or cracked tooth
- Tooth that is decayed
- Tooth that is worn
Fillings are placed in an exact position before they are molded and polished. The purpose is to restore a tooth so that it retains its initial shape and also functions correctly. Once a filling is put in place and you leave the dentist’s office, expect some sensitivity. Extreme hot or cold will enhance that sensitivity. But this will not last and should go away relatively quickly.
At Ashley Dental, our staff will provide you with step by step instructions on what to expect and how to care for your filling. It is important to maintain proper oral hygiene to prevent the need for new fillings and to maintain the ones you already have.
In the event that a patient needs more than one filling, an appointment can be made to attend to more than one filling during one visit. However, in the event there are multiple fillings required, the doctor could schedule two separate visits to attend to all those fillings.