If you need a dental filling, you’re certainly not alone. It’s one of the most commonly performed dental procedures out there. If you’ve got questions—try starting with our Q&A below.
Just remember, don’t hesitate to contact us for any other questions you may have about dental fillings. Let’s get started!
1. Why Do I Need Dental Fillings?
A filling is usually used to fill a cavity. If left untreated, a cavity will get worse and could ultimately lead to bone and tooth loss.
2. Is the Procedure Painful?
Your mouth will be numbed using local anesthesia, so you should feel no pain during the procedure. You may have some slight tooth sensitivity afterward.
3. What Types of Dental Fillings Are There?
You’ll have several different options, each with its own pros and cons. We can help you select the right option based on your dental care needs, preferences, and budget:
Amalgam (silver) Fillings
This is a common choice because it’s often the least costly and the fastest and easiest to use. It’s a mixture of metals such as mercury, silver, and tin. Some people are concerned about the level of mercury in amalgam fillings, but the Food and Drug Administration has said they’re safe for adults and children age 6 and above.
These are tooth-colored fillings that can match the color of your teeth. They’re not as durable as metal, however, so you may have to get them replaced more frequently.
These tooth-colored materials are sometimes used for small cavities or cavities in between your teeth. Some release small amounts of fluoride, which can help if you’re prone to getting cavities.
Gold is durable and strong, but this option is costly, for obvious reasons. In addition, it’s hard to work with, so it may also make the procedure longer and more costly.
These tooth-colored fillings are costly, yet durable. They can be abrasive if they hit up against your natural teeth. You might need several appointments to ensure that you’re biting correctly and that the dental crown is smooth.
4. Are Dental Fillings Costly?
Costs vary according to the location and extent of your tooth decay or enamel erosion, the cost of the filling material, and your insurance coverage. We’ll help you determine the best choice for your dental needs and finances.
5. When Should I Replace the Fillings?
If you have older amalgam fillings that are defective, are causing gum inflammation, or show signs of decay underneath, they should be replaced. Generally, replacing amalgam fillings because of appearance concerns should be done only after careful consideration and if Dr. Wes feels it won’t compromise the long-term health of your teeth.
He can examine your fillings to make sure they’re intact and talk to you about any concerns you may have about keeping or removing your amalgam fillings.
Still have questions about your existing fillings or getting new fillings? Please contact our office with any concerns—we’d love to hear from you.