You go to the dentist, expecting a routine visit. But instead, you get the dreaded news: You have cavities and need dental fillings.
Luckily, for most people, getting fillings is an easy and uncomplicated process. It’s usually a quick and relatively pain-free experience and your dentist will get you on your way.
If this is your first experience with dental fillings, you might have questions. Here are four things to know about dental fillings. Read on:
Will it hurt?
Chances are, your dental fillings won’t hurt at all. Your dentist will give you medicine to numb your teeth, surrounding skin and gums so you should not feel anything or maybe some minor discomfort. You might be numb for a few hours, so you’ll want to be careful with eating so you don’t bite yourself accidentally. You shouldn’t have any complications, though, or even need pain medication after.
What material will my dentist use?
Dental fillings are made with different types of material and your dentist can help you choose the one that’s right for you. Your options include metal like silver or gold, composite material or porcelain and glass. Your insurance may cover one or another and your dentist and his or her staff can discuss this with you.
Most dental fillings are composite (or a type of resin or glass) and amalgam (which are a metals and other materials and are quite durable).
What can I expect after?
Generally, you shouldn’t have any complications after a dental filling. Some people do have minor discomfort or sensitivity to temperature for a while after a filling. If you have pain or discomfort, please call your dentist!
How long with my dental filling last?
Once you get your dental filling, you might be wondering how long it will last. Most fillings last several years, up to 10-15 years in some cases. However, if you grind or clench your teeth or your filling is in a molar, it might wear out quicker, so don’t neglect your regular dental visits!
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If you still have questions about dental fillings, call our dental professionals today.