Make teeth look and feel natural again.
Dental fillings are the most common procedure performed in our office. They repair and restore the tooth and help prevent painful decay or infection that would require more serious work. We use composite resin fillings that are color matched to your tooth. Unlike amalgam (metal fillings), tooth-colored composite resin bonds really well with the tooth and is capable of filling much smaller spaces which means less drilling!
Why Are Fillings So Important?
While getting a filling may feel like a chore, it’s important to have your cavities filled promptly to avoid further damage. Here’s why:
- Prevent cavities from expanding.
- Avoid painful infections or abscesses.
- Restore strength and durability to weakened teeth.
- Save money in the long run.
- Reduce sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Preserve your natural smile.
How Is A Cavity Filled?
To ensure your comfort during the procedure, we will gently numb your gums before we begin. Although some people may feel anxious about this step, the freezing will effectively numb your teeth and the surrounding area, resulting in minimal discomfort during the procedure.
Filling the Tooth
Once we have confirmed that you are comfortably numb, we will meticulously clean and prepare your tooth. An adhesive gel will then be applied to the affected area, over which a composite resin (white filling material) will be shaped and molded to match the contours and bite of your teeth.
Curing the Composite
After filling or bonding your tooth with the composite resin material, it is rapidly cured and solidified using a specialized LED light. Your finished tooth will be thoroughly examined by the doctor, who will make any necessary finishing touches before giving it a final polish.
The Cost Of A Filling In Cypress
Fillings are a routine and effective means of preventing dental problems, and as a result, most insurance companies offer substantial coverage for them. Depending on your insurance plan, you may pay anywhere from $0 to $100+ for a filling. Without dental insurance, the cost can range from $120 to $300 or more, particularly if multiple fillings are required simultaneously.
Several crucial factors are considered when determining the actual cost of your treatment, including:
- Your current oral health.
- The number of fillings needed.
- The location of the cavity in your mouth.
- Whether new x-rays are required.
- The amount of time required by the dental team to meet your specific needs.
- The necessary equipment and supplies required to fulfill your needs.
At our practice, we place a high value on promptly filling cavities because we understand the effectiveness of fillings in preventing more invasive treatments, alleviating severe dental pain, and ensuring your overall happiness and well-being.
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to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
During your consultation, we will conduct a comprehensive examination of your teeth, gums, and soft tissues, as well as evaluate the shape and condition of your bite. Our goal is to assess the overall health and functionality of your entire mouth. Prior to planning your treatment, we will gather extensive information about the health and appearance of your smile, as well as your specific desires, to ensure that we can assist you in achieving your desired outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
The duration of the procedure may vary depending on the size and location of the cavity, but generally, it takes around 30 to 60 minutes to complete.
Dentists usually use a local anesthetic to numb the area, so you shouldn’t feel any pain during the procedure. However, you may feel some discomfort afterward, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain medications.
The lifespan of a filling depends on various factors, such as the material used, the size and location of the filling, and your oral hygiene habits. Generally, fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more.
After getting a filling, it’s crucial to maintain good oral hygiene habits, such as brushing twice a day and flossing daily. You should also visit your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings.