What are Dental Fillings?

When visiting your Carmel area dentist office to have a cavity filled, you should expect to be in the chair for roughly about an hour, depending on the severity of the procedure. This should give you dentist plenty of time to discuss the procedure with you, take x-rays and complete the work as well. 
 
Before filling any cavities, your dentist will likely apply a numbing agent or anesthetic to your teeth and gums to avoid any discomfort. Once you are numb, they will then proceed to drill out the cavity and remove any decay before filling the cavity with a filling material. This will usually only take a few minutes.
 
Fillings are most commonly used to fill a cavity; however, they may also be used to repair damage associated with bruxism or to replace parts of a broken tooth. Once your dentist has completed the procedure, your mouth will likely remain numb for a few hours, however, it will subside, and you should feel back to normal in no time.
 
Types of Fillings
 
There are many different types of tooth filling, and they all have their own advantages and disadvantages. The best choice for your situation will depend entirely on your budget and your aesthetic preference. These are the two most common types of filling that are available.
 
Amalgam – This type of filling has been used by dentists for over a decade and is the most researched filling material. Amalgam fillings are usually made with a mixture of several different metallic elements and have a darker color that may be noticeable when you open your mouth. These are a strong type of filling and are mostly used on chewing teeth such as your molars.
 
Composite – This type of filling, also called resin, is made with a combination of quartz and glass that can be made to match the color of your tooth. Composite fillings are not as strong as amalgam fillings and are best used for smaller and mid-sized tooth restorations.
 
Taking Care of a Filling
 
Once you have had a tooth filled, it is not uncommon to experience some mild sensitivity and pain. This discomfort should subside on its own within a few days. While it may be slightly uncomfortable, it is important to continue with your regular oral hygiene routine. It might be a good idea to try using a sensitivity toothpaste that will clean and prevent future tooth decay.
 
If you would like to schedule an appointment with Noblesville Family Dentistry at our Carmel area dentist office, please give us a call today at (317) 773-1302.