Fillings and Repairs
If you have a cavity and it needs a filling, there are different kinds of fillings to do the job.
There are several different types of fillings that can be used to fill a cavity, but the final decision on which type of filling is placed in your mouth is yours alone.
Dental fillings and repairs use restorative materials used to repair teeth which have been compromised due to cavities or trauma.
How Fillings Are Done?
To fill a cavity, our dentist may first give you "freezing" (or local anesthetic), so you do not feel any pain. Our dentist then takes out all traces of decay, shapes the hole, and fills it.
Most fillings are done in two ways:
Direct Filling - These fillings go right into the cavity after your dentist has cleaned out the decay. Amalgam (or silver) fillings and plastic (or white) fillings are examples of direct fillings. They harden quickly. Most of the time, you will be able to have a direct filling put in place in one appointment.
Indirect Filling - Examples of this type of filling are crowns (or caps) and inlays. They are custom-made in a lab to fit your tooth. Your dentist cements the filling in place. Most indirect fillings take two or more appointments to complete.
If you are concerned about having any particular dental restorative materials placed in your teeth, talk to our dentist and be a partner in decisions about your oral health care. If you want to know more information, please contact us.