Cavities and tooth decay can be prevented with regular teeth cleaning. However, you may eventually find yourself in need of a tooth filling in Columbia, MD.
Our dental team will do everything we can to present all of your teeth filling options, costs and procedures so you can make the best decision possible. Here are some of the questions you might have about your tooth filling.
The procedure for a dental filling is relatively quick and painless. Your dentist will numb the area with an anesthetic. He will then use a specialized drill to remove the dead area of the tooth and clean out any bacteria. The cavity is then filled and coated with a composite to strengthen and protect your tooth while mimicking the look of your natural tooth color.
Dental fillings can come in a variety of materials, including gold, silver, glass and composites. Pineview primarily uses tooth-colored composites.
Your insurance plan will most likely cover the standard dental filling choice. This will depend on your specific insurance provider and dental plan. Most insurance providers will cover at least part of the payment for your dental filling. Ask your dentist for help determining what coverage you have and what your options are.
For dental procedures that require multiple visits, your dentist will most likely recommend a temporary filling. This will provide a protective barrier between appointments to prevent any bacteria or acid from entering an exposed cavity or for any further damage to occur from chewing and biting. Temporary dental fillings are commonly required after root canals and emergency fillings.
For the most part, your dental filling can be cared for in the same way you care for your other teeth. Regular brushing and teeth cleaning will help keep your filling clean. You will also need to keep an eye on any signs of degradation, which will happen eventually over time.
It is common to experience tooth sensitivity for around two to three weeks after a dental filling. This sensation may be triggered by hot or cold stimulus but should gradually lessen over time. If your tooth pain does not gradually lessen, or is still present after three weeks, consult your dentist.
On average, a dental filling will last 10-15 years. The life of your dental filling will depend greatly on the materials used and the way the filling is cared for. Poor dental hygiene can accelerate the degradation of your filling as can teeth grinding or heavy chewing. If you experience pain in your filling or feel jagged edges, contact your dentist as it may be time to have your filling replaced.
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