At Monica Neely Dentistry, we take pride in helping our patients feel at ease. We treat our patients like they are family and it shows in everything we do. When it comes to reducing the risk of damage or infection, dental fillings help to protect a tooth that has a cavity and they prevent the damage from spreading to surrounding areas of the tooth.
If you are suffering from tooth pain or have recently lost a filling, consider having our experienced and friendly dental team examine your teeth to see if tooth colored fillings are right for you.
What is a Dental Filling?
Fillings today are typically made from composite materials, but for a long time people received amalgam fillings (silver or gold colored). At our Edmond, OK dental office, we recommend the use of tooth colored fillings in order to make the fillings less obvious and to provide additional protection and comfort for our patients.
Fillings are often associated with cosmetic dentistry. However, they go beyond making your teeth look better where discoloring cavities may be brewing; they help to ensure that infection and further damage do not occur. Dental fillings are attached to your existing teeth and are designed to last a lifetime when cared for. With proper dental care and hygiene, your cavity will stop spreading and your filling will protect your teeth, oral health and smile for years to come.
What are the Different Types of Dental Filling Materials?
There are several types of dental fillings and services that are available to patients of Monica Neely Dentistry. We do recommend the use of tooth colored fillings, especially for damage in the front of the mouth, but patients have the option of using amalgam fillings if they wish. We prefer the use of tooth colored fillings because they are made from safe, secure, and reliable composite materials that look and feel like real teeth once the filling has been set in place.
While we prefer to use composite materials to create our fillings, there are a number of options on the market, including porcelain, metal, plastic, and even ones that include some glass particles. Which one is appropriate for you and your oral health will depend on your dentist’s assessment and insurance; however, composite are a solid solution in almost every instance.
How is a Dental Filling Placed?
Getting a tooth colored filling set in your tooth follows the same procedure as traditional amalgam fillings. We start by applying a local anesthetic to your gums to prevent discomfort during the procedure. After a few minutes when the anesthetic has set in, Dr. Neely will proceed with ensuring that the infected or damaged area is cleaned and prepared.
Once any infection or debris has been removed, the composite filling material can be matched to your tooth color and placed on the cavity to close it. Composite fillings are set with a special light that hardens the materials in an instant. The whole process takes less than an hour and you’ll be back to your regular routine in no time at all. The final result will be a surprising match for your old tooth’s full and healthy shape.
In the event that a cavity has spread beyond repair, root canals and a replacement crown may be needed to save the tooth and maintain the space in the gums. Whenever possible, we avoid removing teeth from a patient’s mouth. Composite fillings make it easy for our dental team to provide full coverage and protection without worrying about how the finished result may look.
Should a filling ever become loose or fall out, contact our dental office right away to make an appointment to have it repaired or replaced. Once the cavity becomes exposed again, the infection or damage can continue to become worse.
Dental Fillings Save Your Teeth
You might think that only children get cavities, but adults are just as susceptible to recurring damage to their teeth if not properly cared for. If you have pain or discomfort in your teeth or gums, you may need a filling. If you want a simple assessment, we’ll take an x-ray and perform a dental examination to determine if your problem is related to decay or something else. Overall we have the experience and training to help you find the relief you need.
Monica Neely Dentistry is Ready to Help You With Fillings Today
Dental pain is extremely uncomfortable, and cavities can turn into big problems if not properly cared for. At Monica Neely Dentistry we have years of experience helping our patients find the healthy and happy smiles that go with excellent oral health and dental care.
If you have any questions about the procedure for getting a filling, or believe you may need one, you can reach us at (405) 302-0100 or set up an appointment online. We are ready to help you find the peace of mind that goes with a healthy mouth today.