Small to moderate sized cavities can often be treated with dental fillings. Depending on your needs, we may recommend composite resin fillings, metal fillings, or silver fillings. In many cases, we provide composite fillings because they offer long-lasting, natural-looking results. They also preserve as much of the natural tooth structure as possible.
A common general dental procedure, dental filings help protect and preserve your natural tooth by restoring the decayed portion of the tooth. Fillings seal the tooth to prevent future decay. They are an ideal solution for patients of all ages.
At the time of your appointment to Design Dental, North Liberty, IA dentist Dr. S. Jeremy Tu will evaluate your teeth and determine if a dental filling is required. Depending on your needs, budget, and goals, we will recommend the most appropriate type of dental filling for your needs.
No Drill, Pain-Free Fillings
At Design Dental, we are committed to providing the ultimate patient experience. We understand that many patients fear dental drills, especially younger patients. We take pride is staying up to date on the latest technology, methods, and treatments in dentistry.
We offer Silver Diamine Fluoride, an FDA approved antibiotic liquid that is designed to control active cavities and prevent future decay. This is a non-invasive solution to cavities and is ideal for young children or patients who are not ideal candidates for traditional dental fillings.
SDF fillings are comprised primarily of silver and fluoride. Silver helps strengthen the tooth enamel while fluoride helps prevent future decay.
SDF Fillings are recommended for:
- Children with severe tooth dental
- Small children who may have difficulty completing their treatment
- Patients with special needs
Thanks to advancements in modern dentistry, SDF dental fillings are readily available in our North Liberty dental practice.
Knowing how to maintain healthy teeth and prevent cavities is essential at every stage in life. Our dental team can work with you on an individual basis to asses your cavities risk and develop a prevention plan that is right for you. Your plan may include additional visits to our dental office for routine screenings and dental cleanings.
In the meantime, incorporating these key oral health practices can help improve your oral health.
- Reduce sugary foods and beverages in your diet
- Visit the dentist at least twice a year for routine cavity screening and professional dental cleanings
- Drink water after each mean
- Develop and maintain a proper oral hygiene routine: Brush at least twice a day and floss daily
Dental Filling Process in North Liberty, IA
Before placing a dental filling, we take the time to ensure that our patients are comfortable. A local anesthetic is applied to help numb the affected tooth. We carefully removed any decay from the tooth. Once the decay is removed and the tooth is cleaned, the tooth is filled with the chosen material. The material is carefully modeled and shaped until the desired aesthetic is reached.
Dr. Tu checks the bite and makes any necessary adjustment before the material is sealed into place. To get a tooth filled in North Liberty IA, call Design Dental, or request an appointment online today.
Dental Fillings FAQs
What do I do if I have a broken or missing dental filling?
Do not try to reattach a dental filling that fell out. Refrain from using your affected tooth before visiting the dentist for an emergency dental visit. Using the affected tooth can cause pain and further tooth damage. We make it a priority to treat dental emergencies as quickly as possible. Please contact our Laurel dentist office as soon as you can to schedule emergency treatment.
Is getting a dental filling painful?
No, it is not painful to get a dental filling placed. We will use a local anesthetic to numb your mouth, and make sure you are comfortable during treatment. It is a quick process that can be completed in a single dentist visit. You can expect your filling to last anywhere between 10 to 15 years with proper oral hygiene.
Will a dental filling make my tooth sensitive?
After getting a dental filling, some patients might experience temporary tooth sensitivity. Having tooth sensitivity after a filling is natural, but not all experience the sensation. Temporary sensitivity should go away in a couple of days. If it doesn’t go away in a week or two, contact your dentist for further advice.