There are a few reasons why your dentist might recommend a dental filling:
✔️ To fill a cavity
✔️ To repair a cracked or broken tooth
✔️ To rebuild a tooth due to teeth grinding or nail biting
Over time, dental fillings can wear down, crack or become damaged. When this happens, they’ll need to be replaced. Signs that you may need a new dental filling include:
✔️ The filling has become visibly discolored over time
✔️ Increased tooth sensitivity
✔️ Rough or uneven edges around the filling
✔️ Persistent discomfort
Temporary fillings are a short-term solution used for dental emergencies, or to close up a root canal before you receive a permanent filling.
Silver tooth fillings are durable and cost-effective. They consist of metals, including mercury, silver, tin and copper. While effective, some people dislike the silver color and the use of mercury.
Teeth fillings fill in the holes that are caused by decay. The process of getting them is a common dental procedure. See the steps below:
Your dentist will apply a local anesthetic to ease discomfort.
Any decay will be removed from the affected tooth or teeth.
The chosen type of filling will be applied to the affected area.
Your dentist will perform a bite check to make sure your teeth align comfortably.
At Aspen Dental, the full cost of a tooth filling ranges from $157-$344 per filling.¹ Costs can vary depending on various factors, including the location of the tooth in your mouth, the surfaces affected, what the filling is made of, your insurance coverage and any financing and warranty options.
Contact your local Aspen Dental office to determine your cost, based on your specific needs.
Yes, it is possible for someone to experience discomfort after receiving a dental filling. This can be caused by a number of factors such as initial sensitivity, a high filling that requires adjustment, irritation of the tooth's nerve during the procedure, or, in rare cases, underlying issues like infection or an allergic reaction to the filling material. If you experience persistent or severe pain after a dental filling, you should contact your dentist immediately for a thorough evaluation and treatment.
Tooth gap filling, or dental bonding, is a cosmetic procedure to close spaces or gaps between teeth. Tooth-colored composite resin is applied to the affected area, which is then shaped and polished to blend in with the surrounding teeth. This is a good option if you wish to improve the appearance of your smile by addressing gaps, irregular spacing or minor cosmetic imperfections.
The lifespan of tooth fillings can vary depending on factors like the filling material used, oral hygiene, diet and the location of the filling. Generally, tooth-colored composite fillings can last five to 10 years, while silver amalgam fillings may last 10 to 15 years.
However, with proper care and regular dental check-ups, fillings can often last longer. Follow your Aspen Dental dentist’s advice on maintaining and monitoring your fillings for the best results.
During the dental filling procedure, your Aspen Dental dentist will use a local anesthesia to numb the tooth and surrounding tissues. It’s common to feel some pressure or vibrations as the dentist works on the tooth.
After the anesthesia wears off, you might experience some mild discomfort or sensitivity, which usually subsides within a few days. If you experience severe or prolonged pain after a filling, contact your local Aspen Dental office for an evaluation.
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