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What Is It Like to Get a Filling?

Posted in Fillings

You might be a little nervous about the procedure and wonder it’s like. The idea of drills and needles might make you a little anxious, but having an idea of what to expect can help you feel a lot better.

What Will You Feel?

To start out with, your dentist will give you some local anesthetic. But first, he or she will use a little numbing jelly on your gums. That way, you won’t even feel the tiny injection

You shouldn’t feel much at all. Patients generally report that they feel a little pressure while the dentist is drilling to remove the icky decay. That should be all you feel, as well!

How Long Will It Take?

Simple dental fillings usually don’t take long. Tooth location and cavity-size both affect how long it takes. Usually, the most time is spent waiting for your anesthesia to kick in! A simple, small filling on the top of a molar might take only 15 minutes for actual working time. Your dentist will explain the entire process.

What Does a Filling Feel Like?

You may remain numb for a little while after your procedure. Everyone is different – your anesthetic could end up lasting a few hours! After that wears off, your tooth should feel just fine.

Sometimes the tooth may be more sensitive than usual for a bit. Interestingly, it reinforces itself in response to the sensitivity and will soon feel perfectly fine again. Typically, you shouldn’t be able to feel your filling if it’s done correctly.

Fortunately, you’ve made it this far without ever needing a filling. Talk with your dentist for suggestions on preventing additional tooth decay. Make your first filling your last one!

Posted on behalf of:
Pristine Dental
555 Providence Hwy #2
Walpole, MA 02081
(508) 734-7056


Worried About Getting Your Cavity Filled?

Posted in Fillings

If you’ve never had a cavity before, you may be a little concerned when you find out that you have one that needs to be filled.  Cavities can happen to anyone at any age and they’re quite common.

How Did I Get A Cavity?

You might be wondering how you came to have a cavity, so that you can prevent another one from developing.  In your mouth, bacteria reside and can flourish under the right conditions.  These bacteria can eat away at the enamel of your tooth, creating a hole.  The first step to preventing cavities is developing good oral hygiene habits:  brush your teeth twice daily, floss regularly and see your dentist every six months.

Restoring Your Tooth

To prevent the tooth from decaying further, your dentist will likely recommend a filling.  Your tooth restoration is a simple in-office procedure that’s completed in four steps:

  1. Your dentist wants to make sure that your filling procedure is comfortable for you.  Local anesthesia is used for a painless, easy experience.  If you’re nervous, speak to your dentist about your concerns.  Many dentists often offer sedation, to make the treatment simple and relaxing.
  2. Prior to your restoration being placed, the area of decay must first be removed, cleaned and shaped for a durable bond between the filling and the tooth.
  3. You’re ready for your filling! Your dentist will fill your cavity with durable, tooth-colored composite resin.  A special light is applied to the filling, to cure and harden it.
  4. Once your treatment is complete, your dentist will have you bite on carbon paper to insure that the filling isn’t too high, affecting your bite.

Don’t wait for your cavity to grow into a bigger problem, requiring more extensive (and expensive) treatment.  Call your dentist today!

Posted on behalf of:
Mitzi Morris, DMD, PC
1295 Hembree Rd B202
Roswell, GA 30076
(770) 475-6767


What to Expect During Your First Dental Filling

Posted in Fillings

If you’ve made it this long without getting a dental filling – congratulations! If you’re experiencing your first cavity, you might be a bit surprised. Maybe you slipped up on your oral hygiene lately, haven’t been eating right, or that deep groove finally became too deep to clean thoroughly – giving you your first cavity.

Chances are, you aren’t quite sure what to expect at your dental appointment. If this is your first filling ever, here are a few things that you will want to expect:

Relax, This is Routine

Do you feel nervous? That’s ok. A lot of people are nervous about the first time they actually have some type of dental treatment. Dentists perform thousands of fillings a year – yours isn’t much different. It’s a simple procedure that is very routine and low-risk. You’ll be in good hands.

Expect to be Numb

If the cavity is deep enough, the tooth will need to be numbed before your dentist can work on it. First some numbing gel will be rubbed on the area where the injection will be placed. After the local anesthesia is injected, you can expect to be numb for up to 3 or 4 hours in some cases. Be sure not to bite on your lip, tongue, or chew on your cheek.

Nitrous is OK!

Laughing gas (nitrous oxide) is a simple and easy way to relax during your filling. You can request it at any point! Nitrous takes about 5 minutes to give you the full benefits, and is reversed just as quickly. You can even drive yourself home.

If you have any other questions about your first filling, just be sure to ask your dentist! 

Posted on behalf of:
Gilreath Dental Associates
200 White St NW
Marietta, GA 30060
(770) 514-1224

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