A dental filling may be the right solution to restore a healthy smile if you have tooth decay or damage. At Fuller Dental in Burlington, NC, we are committed to providing comprehensive, personalized dental care. For your convenience, we offer a variety of dental fillings to address dental concerns and keep your smile looking and feeling its best.
Dental Fillings in Burlington
A dental filling can help restore a damaged tooth back to normal function and shape. Dental fillings are usually used as a solution for cavities. However, dental fillings can be used to repair chipped, fractured, or worn teeth. The goal of dental fillings is to protect the tooth from any further damage and preserve the natural tooth to support your long term oral health. At Fuller Dental, we offer gold, amalgam, composite, and porcelain dental fillings. One of our experienced dentists will skillfully examine your teeth to determine which type of filling will benefit you the best.
Types of Dental Filling
- Gold fillings are custom made in a laboratory and then cemented into place. While gold fillings are often the most expensive choice, many consider it the best filling material. Gold inlays are well-tolerated by gum tissues and may last more than 15 years.
- Amalgam (silver) fillings are a more inexpensive choice and are tolerant to wear. However, a silver amalgam filling is dark colored, so they are more noticeable than porcelain or composite restorations and are not recommended for fillings in very visible areas such as front teeth.
- Composite resin fillings are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years and may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time. They can also become stained from coffee, tea, or tobacco.
- Porcelain fillings are called inlays or onlays and are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They are tooth-colored fillings that resist staining and are about the same cost as gold fillings. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth, making the filling nearly undetectable.
The Dental Filling Procedure
In most cases, a cavity filling can be placed during a single visit to our Burlington, NC dentist office. This dental treatment will begin with a local anesthetic being applied to numb the given area. One of our skilled restorative dentists will prepare the tooth by cleaning out any debris or decay. Once all the debris and decay have been removed, your dentist will skillfully fill your tooth with the chosen dental filling material. The dental filling will then be hardened by a special light. Once completed, your tooth will be polished and shaped, giving it a natural, lustrous shine.
Replace Metal Fillings
Do you have old, dark fillings that are impacting the appearance of your smile or breaking down and coming out? Modern advances in cosmetic dentistry mean that you no longer need to suffer from unsightly and uncomfortable silver amalgam fillings. One of our skilled dentists can replace an old, broken-down amalgam (metal) filling with a tooth-colored filling for a more comfortable and natural looking restoration.
Dental Fillings FAQs
Do tooth fillings help cure sensitivity?
Tooth fillings can drastically reduce your tooth sensitivity issues. Filling your tooth cavity not only prevents infections from doing further harm, but can also fill those holes that cause tooth sensitivity to hot and cold foods. After a tooth filling procedure, most patients report that their sensitivity goes away after a couple of days.
Can a filling be redone?
Yes. Dental fillings can be removed and replaced for a number of reasons. It is a quick process that can renew your tooth or teeth, and add more support to an otherwise failing filling. If your filling is causing you issues, schedule a visit with your dentist for a second look and repair if needed.
Are dental fillings painful?
No. Modern dentistry allows your dentist to provide quick and painless dental filling procedures in a single visit. No needles and intrusive dental equipment is needed to fill a cavity. Local anesthesia can now be administered as a topical solution. You might even find that the most “painful” part of the process is the time spent waiting for the anesthesia to kick in.
Schedule An Appointment
We offer a full range of general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry treatments to help improve your smile. We work with you to identify your dental issue and perform comprehensive, state of the art dental treatments. If you are looking for an experienced dentist you can trust, give us a call at (336) 290-7401, or request an appointment online today.