General, Cosmetic, & Periodontal Dentistry located in Cumming, GA
You can restore damaged and decayed teeth to their normal function and prevent further decay with the use of fillings. Dr. Page Barden, DDS, MSD, of Inspiring Smiles in Cumming, Georgia, specializes in using fillings to help patients maintain excellent oral health and repair their smile. To learn more about how fillings can help you, call today or schedule an appointment online now.
Dental Fillings Q & A
What are fillings?
The purpose of a filling is to repair teeth that are decayed, cracked, or fractured. Fillings will remedy these damages in just one visit to Inspiring Smiles.
In the past, dentists commonly treated cavities using a metal filling. Dr. Barden uses tooth-colored fillings, commonly known as composite fillings. These fillings are a permanent resin that bonds to your teeth for a stronger and more natural-looking effect.
Tooth-colored fillings are used on either the front or back teeth to maintain a natural look in your mouth. The color can be modified to blend into your current smile seamlessly as opposed to traditional silver or gold fillings that stand out amongst natural teeth.
How are fillings placed?
Fillings are placed in different ways according to their use. If you are in need of removing a cavity, Dr. Barden first numbs the area where the cavity sits for a completely comfortable procedure. Once the tooth is numb, he removes as much decay as needed. The decayed area is cleaned and prepared before the filling is placed. If the decay is near the nerve, a particular medication will be applied for added protection. The composite filling is set, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
For those that need to repair a damaged or cracked tooth, a filling is crafted in the size and color of the damaged tooth and bonded to the damaged area.
It’s perfectly normal to feel some form of sensitivity to hot and cold foods after a filling is placed. This sensation will subside once your tooth becomes accustomed to the new filling. At the end of the procedure, Dr. Barden or a member of the Inspiring Smiles team provides you with instructions on caring for your new filling.
In the event that sensitivity continues for weeks after the procedure, contact Dr. Barden. In some cases, a simple bite adjustment is needed to relieve the sensitivity.
How do I take care of a filling?
Treat your filling just as you do your natural filling-less teeth. With regular brushing and flossing, you can continue to retain an attractive appearance and enhance your overall dental health for years on end. During your cleanings or other regular dental visits, the Inspiring Smiles team will check the integrity of your filling to ensure it’s always healthy and strong.
If you have teeth that are damaged, broken, or decayed, a filling can be a great option. To learn more about how tooth-colored fillings can work for you, call today or schedule an appointment online.