FAQs About Dental Fillings

By Denise A. Perrotta DMD
June 22, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: dental fillings  

Almost everyone is either familiar with or has a dental filling. One of the most common dental procedures, millions of dental fillingspeople have undergone this simple and quick tooth repair job. However, understanding this important procedure may be tricky. Learn more about dental fillings and how they work with help from your Winston-Salem, NC dentist Dr. Denise Perrotta.

When are dental fillings necessary? 
Untreated tooth decay can take a huge toll on your oral health. If there is evidence of decay or a cavity in your mouth, your dentist removes it using a dental drill. Removing the decay, however, also means removing some of the tooth itself. Dental fillings replace the parts of your tooth removed alongside the decay. Fillings are beneficial for smaller cavities which only require removal of a small part of the tooth’s enamel. Larger fillings, such as those left behind after root canal therapy, may hinder the strength of the tooth and require a dental crown.

What are dental fillings made out of? 
Tooth-colored composite resin materials make up most modern dental fillings. Dentists mold this type of filling directly on the tooth. Silver amalgam or gold fillings are also available. These materials last longer than composite resin, but are not tooth-colored, making them more noticeable.

What happens during a dental filling procedure? 
Your Winston-Salem, NC dentist starts the procedure by using local anesthetic to numb the area of the tooth in question. This ensures that you feel no pain during your procedure. Next, Dr. Perrotta removes the decay on your tooth using a dental drill. Then, the filling material of your choice fills the hole left behind, restoring your tooth’s biting surface. Your dentist shapes the tooth into your bite to complete your new filling. Depending on the severity of the decay, most filling procedures take about 30 minutes. Most fillings can last up to 10 years before they require replacement.

How can I care for my dental filling? 
Caring for a dental filling is as easy as caring for your natural teeth. Simply brush twice daily for at least two minutes and floss at least once a day. Replace your toothbrush when it begins to show signs of wear. Use a separate strand of floss for each quadrant of your mouth to cut down on the spread of bacteria.

For more information on dental fillings, please contact Dr. Denise Perrotta in Winston-Salem, NC. Call (336) 760-9258 to schedule your appointment for a dental examination today!


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