Have questions? Continue reading to learn more about fillings before your next appointment with us.
How do dentists fix cavities?
We may recommend a tooth filling if your cavity is small enough. Otherwise, a dental crown may be more suitable. During the procedure, we would numb your tooth with a local anesthetic before removing the cavity. One of our dentists would then apply a special material to the surface of your tooth to fill in the structure that’s been removed. In other words, a cavity filling fills in the part of the tooth that was lost to decay.
How long do fillings last?
How long your filling lasts will depend on the materials our dentists used, as well as where the filling was placed. While fillings are durable, they’ll eventually need to be replaced. Our dentist will be able to examine your teeth during your next appointment to look for signs of wear and tear in fillings.
Do fillings hurt?
We numb your tooth before removing the decayed tooth structure so you won’t feel any pain during the procedure. However, you will feel a small pinch as we inject the local anesthetic. Once the anesthesia wears off, it’s normal for the inside of your mouth to feel sensitive or sore. Our dentists may prescribe pain relievers for you to use after your procedure. Any pain you feel should subside in a few days.
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