Fillings are one of the most common treatments in dentistry, and millions of patients have cavities filled each year. But still, you may have some questions about this treatment and how it works. In this blog from Eastside Family Dentistry, we’ll go over all there is to know about fillings, and answer these common questions.
What Is A Composite Filling?
Composite fillings are made from a special type of dental resin which is mixed with crushed glass. They are used as an alternative to metal-amalgam fillings. Compared to metal fillings, they look much more natural, since they can be matched to the natural color of your tooth. They also have a very tight hold and require the removal of less enamel compared to metal fillings.
Do Fillings Hurt?
No. Fillings don’t hurt at all. The procedure is minimally invasive, and your mouth will be completely numb during the process. We even offer sedation to keep you comfortable during treatment.
Your tooth may ache a little bit for a few days after your procedure and might be somewhat sensitive, but you should not experience any serious pain. If you do feel a lot of pain, schedule a follow-up appointment at Eastside Family Dentistry right away.
How Long Does It Take To Get A Filling?
The process of filling a decayed tooth usually takes about 30-60 minutes, depending on the size of the cavity and a few other factors. Larger, more complex cavities will take longer to fill, while smaller cavities will result in a shorter treatment time.
When Is A Crown A Better Choice Than A Filling?
Crowns are made of porcelain, and are tooth-shaped “caps” that are bonded permanently over a damaged tooth. A crown is usually a better choice than a filling if the tooth has a very large cavity, or if a tooth has been cracked or broken by dental trauma.
However, fillings are a much better choice for minor-to-moderate cavities, since the procedure is a lot faster, less invasive, and less costly. At your appointment, Dr. Cristescu will go over your options for restoring your tooth to ensure you make the right choice.
Are Fillings Covered By Dental Insurance?
Fillings are almost always covered by dental insurance. However, you must make sure you understand your coverage limits, deductible, plan maximum, and other information before you schedule an appointment. We recommend consulting with your insurer to check your coverage.
Can I Go To Work After I Get A Filling?
Yes. There is no long recovery process, and if you have not been sedated or have had minimal nitrous oxide sedation, you can go back to work or resume other day-to-day activities immediately after getting a filling.
Got More Questions? Need A Filling In Issaquah? Come To Eastside Family Dentistry!
At Eastside Family Dentistry, Dr. Alexandra Cristescu can answer all of the questions you have about fillings and determine if a filling is right for you. If you suspect that you have a cavity, don’t wait. The sooner you get help, the better. Contact us online or give us a call at (425) 391-9200 to schedule a consultation at our office right away.