What You Need to Know About Dental Fillings

Most of us get at least one cavity at some point in our lives. Though these procedures are routine and are nothing to be afraid of, many people cannot help but feel nervous when they are told they have a cavity. We are here to put your nerves to rest. One of the reasons people are so nervous about getting fillings is because they do not know how the procedure actually works, therefore provoking the question, “will it hurt?” Fortunately, the answer is, for the most part, no. Please read on to learn more about cavities; how they form, how we fix them, and how long it will take for everything to go back to normal again.

How do cavities happen?

Cavities occur when your tooth begins to decay. When certain foods stay on your teeth for a prolonged period of time, it forms plaque, which clings to the teeth and causes them to decay, creating tiny holes, known as cavities. If you’ve ever had a cavity, you most likely know that they can be rather painful, especially if treatment is ignored and they are left to get worse. That is why people get fillings.

What are the different types of fillings?

There are several different types of fillings available to those with cavities. They include composite fillings, which are generally used on visible teeth due to their ability to match the color of a natural tooth. These filings are also more affordable than ceramic, gold, glass ionomer fillings. Amalgam fillings are generally used for teeth in the back of the mouth, as they do not match the color of the natural tooth, though they are very durable and usually last for at least 10 years.

What is the procedure of getting fillings like?

When you get fillings, your dentist will numb your tooth, provide a local anesthetic, and remove decay from the tooth with a drill or laser, and then simply fill the cavity. You may notice a slight stinging upon the injection of the anesthetic, but the procedure is largely painless going forward.

Will fillings hurt after the procedure?

Many people report a dull pain at the site of the filling, though this pain should only last for up to a few weeks. If you find your teeth are more sensitive to pressure, sweets, or cold liquids, there are several things you can do to alleviate the pain until they no longer bother you, including taking standard OTC painkillers, brushing and flossing gently, and more.

Dental Associates of Basking Ridge is a compassionate, gentle, and professional state-of-the-art dental practice serving Basking Ridge, Morris & Somerset County. Our office is always ready to greet our patients with a smile, take the time to answer any questions, and provide the quality dental services our patients expect. Please contact us to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!

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