Dental Fillings in Sacramento, CA

Most of us end up needing a tooth filling at some point in our lives but it’s difficult to know exactly when it’s necessary. While it’s important to keep up with daily dental routines, some people are more prone to tooth decay and may need tooth cavity treatments often. Moreover, filling a cavity as soon as possible can help prevent further decay that could lead to tooth loss in the future.

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What is a dental filling?

Dental fillings are a type of restoration treatment where a single or combination of material (composite, gold, porcelain, etc.) is used to fill an excavated part of a tooth. They are mostly used to replace a cavity (or decayed area of your tooth) after your dentist has removed all damaged matter. Fillings are also used when a tooth has been damaged, broken or worn from grinding or misuse.

Traditional fillings are made from gold, porcelain or composite materials.

Modern fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, called composite resins, are generally used on all the teeth.

Signs You May Need a Dental Filling

While tooth pain or discomfort is the most common sign of a cavity, there are numerous reasons why a dental filling may be necessary:

  • A tooth that is sensitive to hot and cold foods or drinks
  • Tooth pain when biting or chewing
  • Dark spots on a tooth or visible signs of decay
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • A broken or lost filling

If you think you need a dental filling in Sacramento, come to Natomas Crossing Dental Care so we can assess your situation and determine which cavity treatment is best for you.

What tooth filling is right for me?

Several factors influence the performance, durability, longevity and expense of dental restorations:

  • The components used in the filling material
  • The amount of tooth structure remaining
  • Where and how the filling is placed
  • The chewing load that the tooth has to bear
  • The length and number of visits needed to prepare and adjust the restored tooth

The ultimate decision about cavity fillings is best determined in consultation with your dentist. The cost of a filling also varies based on each patient’s unique circumstance. Our dentists at Natomas Crossing Dental Care discuss the options with each patient before treatment begins. To help you prepare for this discussion, it is helpful to understand the two basic types of fillings:

  • Direct fillings are placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. These include glass ionomers, resin ionomers and composite (resin) fillings. The dentist prepares the tooth, places the filling and adjusts it during one appointment.
  • Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. These permanent tooth fillings include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns and bridges fabricated with gold, ceramics or composites. During the first visit, your dentist prepares the tooth and makes an impression of the area to be restored. The dentist then places a temporary tooth filling restoration over the surface where the laboratory fabricated fillings will be placed. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory where the restoration is created. During the following appointment, your dentist cements the restoration into the prepared cavity and adjusts it as needed.

How do I care for my new filling?

To avoid injury to your mouth, avoid chewing until the anesthesia has worn off following the placement of your filling. Take caution when drinking hot or cold foods, which can cause sensitivity in the first few days of having your new filling. If you experience discomfort, take over-the-counter pain medication as directed by your dentist.

Once your filling has been placed, it is important to continue to practice daily oral hygiene to keep the area clean. Gentle brushing and flossing every day will keep your teeth and gums healthy while protecting against future decay. With proper care, your new filling should be secure, and your tooth can be protected for many years.

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