At Greater Dental Health, we use dental fillings as a restorative dental treatment to repair teeth that are broken or damaged by decay. Tooth decay occurs when bacteria in the mouth form plaque on the teeth, which hardens into tartar. Over time, the acids in plaque can break down tooth enamel and expose the tooth's sensitive interior. This can lead to painful toothaches.
Fillings repair minor tooth decay and protect the tooth from further damage. To maintain good oral health after getting a filling, avoid eating hard foods like candy, apples, and ice cubes. Also, avoid chewing on hard objects, such as pens and pencils.
If you have a cavity, you might feel a throbbing or sharp pain in your tooth. This can be a sign of infection, and you should get to a dentist right away. A dentist will be able to remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill the empty cavity with a suitable material to prevent future damage.
Having a cavity can cause you to experience sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks. It can also be accompanied by a sharp, throbbing sensation that doesn't go away easily. Our dentist may recommend getting a filling to repair the broken or cracked tooth and stop the sensitivity and pain. The filling will help protect the tooth from future damage or infection.
Dental cavities can cause dark spots and discoloration on the surface of your teeth. Fillings restore your smile by replacing lost tooth structure from the cavity. Once the filling is bonded in place, it seals the tooth and prevents further decay from forming near the treated area.
If you've chipped a tooth, you'll need to get it filled quickly to avoid any further damage. A broken or cracked tooth can be painful and can cause you to avoid smiling or even talking in front of others. So, if you've had any damage to your pearly whites, come in for a dental filling right away!
As a dental professional, it is my duty to remind patients of the importance of regular check-ups and cleanings. Many individuals may not realize that tooth decay can often go unnoticed without a professional examination. It is easy to assume that if there is no pain or discomfort, then everything must be fine.
Unfortunately, this isn't always the case. Tooth decay can begin as small lesions on the enamel surface and gradually progress into deeper cavities affecting the dentin layer underneath. These changes occur silently without any obvious symptoms until they reach a more advanced stage. Therefore, it's crucial for anyone who hasn't seen a dentist in some time to schedule an appointment as soon as possible.
Fillings are the most common procedure performed in our dental office. They are used to treat cavities and repair cracked or broken teeth.
We'll ensure the tooth is nice and numb before we start. We administer anesthetic to the gums surrounding the tooth to be filled.
We use a special dental tool to remove the decayed portion of the tooth.
We will remove all of the remaining decay and debris from the teeth and place the filling material.
We polish the surface of the fillings so they look natural.
We understand that affordability is a major concern for many patients. That's why we offer various payment options to make dental care accessible. If you have PPO dental insurance, chances are that we're in-network with your plan. Furthermore, our exclusive savings membership program provides significant discounts on most dental services and products year-round!
Our beautiful Peachtree Corners dentist office is conveniently located in the Peachtree Corners Town Center. Plenty of free parking is available on the top level of the parking deck.
5210 Town Center Blvd, Ste. 310
Peachtree Corners, GA 30092
Tuesday - Friday: 9 AM – 5 PM
A dental filling is a treatment that our dentist uses to repair small cavities and minor tooth decay. We will carefully remove the damaged tooth structure and then fill the remaining space with an inert material to restore the function and shape of your tooth.
Dental fillings are used to fill cavities and areas of tooth decay, as well as to repair cracked or broken teeth. Dental fillings are versatile and can be used to restore small areas of decay, or they can be used to fill decayed or damaged tooth structures on the entire biting surface of a tooth.
The most common types of dental fillings include composite resin fillings and gold amalgam fillings. However, there are other options as well, such as porcelain fillings and ceramic fillings. Each of these materials has its own benefits, and our dentist will help you decide which one is right for you based on your needs.
Our dentist will numb the tooth and surrounding area with a local anesthetic. They will then remove any of the tooth decay and bacteria that are present and prepare the space for the filling. The tooth-colored material will be packed into the cavity and then shaped and polished to look and feel natural.
If you have questions about how a dental filling is applied, or you would like to schedule an appointment at our practice, please give us a call at (470) 508-0044!
Dental fillings do exactly what they sound like they do - they fill in cavities in your teeth caused by tooth decay or trauma and seal the damaged area to prevent further damage and decay. Traditional dental fillings are composed of a metal amalgam, which is a combination of several metals, including tin, copper, silver, and mercury. Modern fillings are made from tooth-colored materials. The material is molded to the tooth and then set using a special light.
It's imperative that the filling material be strong enough to withstand chewing forces for many years. Dental technology has advanced over the years so if you have concerns about metal fillings and are looking for an alternative, be sure to talk with your dentist about your concerns.
The best way to prevent cavities is to brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time with a soft-bristled toothbrush. Flossing once a day can also help to remove harmful oral bacteria from hard-to-reach places between your teeth. You may also want to use an antimicrobial mouth rinse to help kill bacteria and reduce the number of acid attacks that your teeth face on a daily basis.
When placing a filling, our dentist will use a local anesthetic to help you remain comfortable during the procedure. Because there are several materials available, you may want to consider talking to our dentist about which material is right for you. For example, many patients find composite resin to be a good option because it is matched the color of your teeth and blends in seamlessly. However, silver amalgam can be a better option for patients who have a large cavity that needs to be filled quickly, as these fillings can withstand chewing force well.
If you have any additional questions about dental fillings, talk to our family dentist today! They can help you determine the best treatment for you based on your needs, budget, and lifestyle.
Getting a filling is a non-surgical treatment. You’ll feel comfortable throughout the procedure. You may experience a small amount of tenderness the rest of the day, but this can be easily controlled with an over-the-counter pain reliever.
You can technically eat as soon as you leave our office. However, because your mouth will be numb, we always recommend waiting for at least two hours (or until you regain normal feeling in your mouth) before chewing.
No. The best way to stop a cavity when it’s small is with a white filling. In the meantime, remember to practice good dental hygiene habits — brushing, flossing, and visiting us every six months.
On average, you can expect your tooth-colored filling to last for about 10 years before needing to be replaced. However, the length of time can vary based on a few different factors — for example, if you grind or clench your teeth.