Do you have a tooth cavity that requires cleaning and a filling? Is tooth pain causing you issues?
A dental filling is a treatment that dentists use to fill tooth cavities. They can also use it to repair broken, cracked, or worn teeth. Dentist in Chapel Hill, NC Dr. James Furgurson and his associates at Chapel Hill Family and Cosmetic Dentistry offer several choices in material for tooth fillings. They typically use composite materials and porcelain for the most natural-looking restorations.
Most patients today prefer “white” fillings because they are indistinguishable from their natural teeth. For a tooth with minimal decay or damage, Dr. Furgurson or Dr. White may recommend a composite resin filling. For a tooth with more significant decay or damage, our dentists may recommend a porcelain filling, inlay, or onlay. The greater the damage to the tooth, the stronger the material needed to restore its strength and stability.
Our dentists can also replace old, dark, and leaking amalgam fillings with new white fillings for improved oral health and an instant smile makeover. For a more robust and dramatic result, consider porcelain veneers to hide tooth imperfections.
The Dental Filling Procedure at Chapel Hill Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
The exact procedure for your tooth filling may vary based on the size, location, and type of tooth filling. Sometimes your dentist can complete a small filling with minimal preparation to the tooth and not administer an anesthetic. The dental fillings process should not take more than a single visit.
First, your dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any existing fillings and creating a stable foundation for the new filling. We can complete a resin filling in one visit. Dr. Furgurson or White will place the composite resin on the tooth and cure it with a special light.
Porcelain and gold tooth fillings are made in a dental laboratory. Then your dentist will cement it into place in our Chapel Hill dentist office. This type of filling typically takes two to three appointments. The dentist may place a temporary filling on the tooth to offer protection in between visits.
Dental Filling FAQs
What is the best type of tooth filling?
There is no one-size-fits-all solution in dentistry. Dr. Furgurson will evaluate your condition and recommend the best choice for your situation. Generally speaking, Dr. Furgurson prefers to use “white fillings” made of either composite resin or ceramic material for a natural-looking restoration.
Do dentists near me fix broken fillings?
If you have a lost or broken filling, contact our office to schedule an appointment. We make all attempts to see patients for dental emergencies on the same day. Dr. Furgurson will provide prompt attention to repair the damaged tooth and restore the dental filling. Please do not attempt to glue the filling to your tooth as you could cause further damage!
Do you replace metal fillings?
In some cases, we may be able to remove an old metal filling and replace it with a more natural-looking “white filling”. However you may need a more appropriate treatment if the tooth has undergone further damage. It may be best to restore it with a dental crown, inlay, or onlay which will cover the tooth like a cap.
Why does my filling feel sensitive?
Your filling may feel sensitive after your dentist places it. These feelings should go away after about a week or two. It is completely normal and is just part of the adjustment period. If sensitivity lasts longer than a month contact your dentist.
How many times can a dentist replace my dental filling?
A dentist can replace your filling as many times as you need it. We may need to stop replacing your filling if the hole in your tooth is too large. At this point restoration options still are available but composite fillings are not.
Can I brush my teeth after cavity filling?
It is perfectly safe to brush your teeth after a cavity filling. It is important to be gentle when brushing and flossing around your filling but it is perfectly safe and encouraged.