Over 91 percent of the adult US population has cavities which makes dental fillings one of the most commonly performed dental procedures.
The average person has about three fillings, while one-fourth of adults in the US have 11 or more dental fillings. This is a huge number that shows just how important dental fillings are to maintain your oral health.
At Aesthetic Family Dentistry, we understand your concerns and offer the most effective dental treatment. We have years of experience providing dental fillings in Phoenix, AZ. Our fillings are mercury-free, hence safe, and also natural-looking.
What Are Dental Fillings?
Getting a dental filling is a process used to restore the functionality and look of a tooth that has sustained damage due to cavities, trauma, or other such incidents. The process involves filling the gaps or holes in the enamel.
These gaps must be filled as tooth decay can cause serious damage to your oral health and result in pain and inflammation.
A variety of filling materials can be used during the process.
What is the Process for Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are a pain-free process that can be completed in a single sitting. Our dentist will first examine your oral health to ensure you are a candidate for dental fillings. In case you need another treatment, we’ll refer you to our other restorative dentistry treatments.
X-rays may be needed to gauge the overall condition of your teeth. We may move to fill the hole in the same sitting if you’re prepared, or we might ask you to come back later if a delay is required (for example, if your gums are heavily inflamed). Once we start doing the filling, the entire process only takes about 30 minutes.
Sometimes it is best to numb your gums and teeth to ensure you feel no pain during the procedure, however this may not always be necessary. Rest assured, with or without numbing the process is not painful. Once you are ready to go, we’ll remove the decay by drilling it out. The hole will then be properly cleaned.
The area needs to be isolated before the filling material is applied, hence an adhesive may be placed before the hole is filled with the material of your choosing.
Tooth-colored fillings are the most popular at our Phoenix office as they appear just like your natural teeth, however you may also choose from other options including metal fillings.
Once it has set properly in your tooth, we’ll use a special bonding light to harden the material.
We’ll then ask you to bite on a biting paper to ensure the filling is nicely done and no areas are raised. Raised fillings can be corrected on the spot by removing the raised area. It takes only a few minutes.
Do Dental Fillings Hurt?
The process does not hurt as it is not invasive, however some very deep holes can be slightly painful to fill. You will face no pain or discomfort during the process as we use special numbing agents in more serious cases to ensure you and our dentist face no problem during the procedure.
The numbness will only last a few hours. It’s mild and you’d be able to go back home right after the procedure is completed.
Also, there is no need for follow-up appointments unless you feel pain or discomfort after the filling. It is common for some patients to feel sensation for the next few days, but make sure to visit us if the feeling persists.
What is the Cost of Dental Fillings?
The cost depends on several factors including the size of the hole or filling needed, the number of fillings needed, and the bonding material selected.
Silver amalgam fillings cost between $55 and $160 for a single tooth. Resin fillings cost a little higher, about $90 and $250 for a single tooth.
If you have any questions or concerns about prices or insurance, you can reach us at 480-515-0404 today to speak to an agent and get a quote for dental fillings in Phoenix, AZ. You can also book an online appointment to see our dentist.
How to Take Care of my Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings work just like your natural teeth and will not look or feel any different. Similarly, they require the same level of care. You must brush every day to ensure your oral health. Also, do not bite or try to chew extremely hard foods as they can cause the filling to break.
Brushing and flossing twice a day will ensure your filling lasts a long time. Moreover, visit us for regular checkups to ensure your teeth and fillings remain fit and fine.
How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?
A nicely done filling can last for about 6-10 years but it also depends on the material and overall oral hygiene. Gold fillings are the most durable and can last for about 25 years. On the other hand, composite fillings only last for about seven years.
What to Do If I Have a Damaged Filling?
Dental fillings may get damaged due to poor oral health, cavities coming back, and dental trauma. Such situations need immediate attention as a broken filling can lead to infections.
Get an appointment and let our dentist examine you. A broken filling may be removed and refilled. We may suggest other restorative procedures if that is not a possibility.
Aesthetic Family Dentistry can help you with Dental Fillings in Phoenix, AZ.
With over ___ years of experience, we are among the best dentists offering restorative fillings in Phoenix, AZ. Our dentists are professional, experienced, friendly, and very affordable.
If you think you or a loved one may need a filling, connect with us at 480-515-0404 today to book an appointment with Aesthetic Family Dentistry. Our staff is ready to help you with any and all oral care concerns.