General Dentistry

Dental Fillings

Expert Dental Care and Fillings

While an excellent oral hygiene routine is key to maintaining a healthy smile, cavities can still occur despite your best efforts. With our cutting-edge dental care at Lakeside Dental, you can rest assured that your smile is in great hands. Our filling process is simple, effective, and designed to make you feel completely at ease.

This video shows you how a composite filling restores a damaged or decayed tooth to its natural strength and appearance.

Signs Your Need a Tooth Filling

A toothache may be the most common sign that you need a tooth filling. However, sensitivity to certain temperatures, pressure, or too sweet foods are also indicators that you need a filling. In addition, if you experience sudden or throbbing pain when biting or chewing, you also may need a tooth filling.

Visible Signs That You Need a Tooth Filling
Sometimes, there are visible signs that you need a filling. These symptoms include the following:

  • Dark spots on your teeth
  • A hole you can see or feel in your teeth
  • Food that always gets stuck between certain teeth
  • When your floss tears in a certain spot
  • A rough, chipped, or broken tooth
  • A broken or lost filling

What to Expect at Your Filling Appointment

At Lakeside Dental, your tooth filling appointment will typically last for an hour, although some appointments can take longer. Our friendly staff takes special care to thoroughly explain each aspect of your procedure, so you know beforehand exactly what will happen. We don’t rush any part of the process, including the all-important anesthetic stage. Dr. Century will carefully ensure that you are totally numb before beginning to fill your cavity, and can apply more anesthetic if necessary. Your safety and comfort are our top priority. After numbing the area around your cavity, Dr. Century will gently drill out the decay in your tooth and seamlessly fill the gap with the material of your choice. Fillings can be made of resin, metal, ceramic, or glass, and vary in cost and appearance. If you’re unsure of your ideal filling, we can explain the pros and cons of each material.

Caring for Your Tooth Filling

After your dental procedure, it’s essential to take proper care of your filling. Luckily, the process is relatively simple – you may even already be doing it at home. The continuation of a thorough personal dental routine is the best way to look after your new filling. Brush your teeth at least twice a day with a toothpaste specifically created for sensitive teeth. Flossing is also paramount to ensuring your filling’s longevity. Some brands of floss also offer options for sensitive teeth that won’t inflame the gums surrounding your filling. If you’re looking for product recommendations, we would be more than happy to advise you on the most effective toothpaste, toothbrush, and floss.

Preventing Future Cavities

In addition to a comprehensive dental hygiene regimen, routine dental visits are one of the best ways to care for your smile. In addition to the aesthetic and sanitary benefits of regular cleanings, your dentist will be able to regularly check in on the condition of your teeth and catch any signs of decay that could indicate a potential cavity. Dr. Century can work with you to design a personalized hygiene routine that specifically addresses your dental concerns.

When to Replace Your Filling

If properly cared for, most dental fillings can last for several years. However, frequent chewing, teeth grinding (also known as bruxism), or jaw clenching can cause fillings to wear out more quickly. If you spot any cracks or other indications of wear on your filling, let your dentist know right away. They can assess the situation and let you know the best course of action.

Schedule a Dental Filling Appointment

With our state-of-the-art technology and caring staff, Lakeside Dental is the ideal option for your dental filling needs. To schedule an appointment, call our office or send us a message here.

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