Dental Fillings

Signs That You Need A Filling

A sore or achy tooth

Visible staining, pitting, or holes in one of your teeth

Increased sensitivity to hot and cold foods

Pain or discomfort when chewing, particularly when eating sweet foods

Preserve Your Tooth With A Filling

Cavities are the single most common preventable dental health issue among people of all ages. If you have a cavity, it’s important to get the appropriate treatment from Dr. Daniel Bickel as soon as you can. Getting a filling for a cavity will relieve any pain or discomfort, prevent the cavity from getting worse, and save you time and money in the long run. Contact us now to schedule an appointment, or learn more below.

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What Are Composite Fillings?

At our office, we exclusively use composite fillings. These fillings use a blend of dental resin and crushed glass, and are a great alternative to metal amalgam fillings. They have multiple benefits compared to metal fillings.

First, they can be matched perfectly to the color of your teeth, providing you with better cosmetic results and restoring the beauty of your smile. Composite fillings also require less preparation of the tooth during the placement process, which means less of your natural enamel will be removed while preparing for your filling. Finally, composite fillings bond tightly to the teeth, strengthening them and keeping your smile healthy.

The Filling Process

Dr. Bickel will begin the filling process by cleaning and numbing the treatment area. Once your mouth has been cleaned and is numb, Dr. Bickel will begin trimming away damaged enamel and tooth material with a dental drill. Once all of your decayed enamel has been removed, he will clean and disinfect the area to remove bacteria.

Next, Dr. Bickel will choose a composite filling material that matches your tooth perfectly, and apply it directly to your tooth, filling in the cavity layer-by-layer and restoring the natural shape and appearance of your tooth.

Once the tooth has been filled, he will trim and adjust the filling to ensure your bite is perfect. After your bite has been checked and the fit of your filling has been adjusted, it will be buffed and polished to match the surrounding tooth material, completing the procedure.

Do Fillings Hurt?

The process of getting a filling does not hurt at all. Your mouth will be completely numb. You may feel some vibrations from the dental drill, but you will feel no discomfort. You can also choose to be sedated during your appointment with Dr. Bickel, if you’d like to ensure you remain comfortable throughout the procedure.

It’s common for fillings to feel somewhat sensitive for about 2-4 weeks, particularly when eating hot and cold foods. This will fade in time. If your tooth continues to feel extremely sensitive after 2-4 weeks or you start experiencing pain or discomfort, contact Dr. Bickel right away for a follow-up appointment at Redmond Art of Dentistry.

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