You know what dental fillings are but somehow, they’re still a mystery to you because you’ve never had one! Clear up the confusion with these answers to six of the biggest questions about fillings.
Dental fillings replace tooth material that’s been lost to cavities. This reinforces the tooth and prevents the cavity from turning into an abscess or infecting other teeth.
Tooth decay can hurt, but getting a filling doesn’t have to. The dentist will ensure that your tooth is numb before starting to drill. You won’t feel anything more than a little pressure.
The cost of a filling depends on where you get it, which tooth needs the filling, how big the cavity is, and which material your filling is made of. You may have dental insurance that covers the entire cost of a filling. Ultimately, getting your tooth filled is cheaper than waiting too long and having a root canal or extraction.
Dental fillings typically last five to ten years. It all depends on how strong the surrounding tooth is and how well you take care of your fillings.
Dental restorations are made from a variety of materials including: silver amalgam, gold, ceramic, porcelain, glass, and plastic blends.
As long as you opt for a composite filling made from a tooth-colored filling material, no one will ever know it’s there!
Would you like to learn more about fillings? For the answers to your other questions about restorative dentistry, contact a dentist near you.
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