General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Greenwich and Stamford Area, Riverside, CT
Modern tooth fillings blend in perfectly with your natural teeth, so it’ll look like nothing ever happened. If you need a filling or would like to have your old silver fillings replaced, contact Trusty Dental in Riverside, Connecticut, today. You can book your dental filling exam right through the website or call to speak with a team member directly.
Why are fillings important?
Dental fillings close gaps or breaks in your teeth. They’re one of the top-performed dental treatments for both children and adults. Your dentist may recommend a filling to:
- Replace broken or damaged fillings
- Strengthen a cracked or broken tooth
- Fill in a gap after removing decay (cavity)
- Reinforce your tooth and prevent chipping
Modern dental fillings are tooth colored. Your treatment is personalized to the shape and shade of your tooth, so your filling won’t even be noticeable.
What is the process of getting a dental filling?
To determine if you need a filling, your dentist at Trusty Dental performs a comprehensive dental exam and looks at digital X-rays. They can usually let you know on the spot if a dental filling is the best course of treatment to preserve your tooth.
Before getting started with your filling, your dentist has you lie back comfortably. They carefully numb your gums with a few small injections. Once your gums are numb — it takes a few minutes — your dentist uses a dental drill to remove decay and reshape your tooth.
After prepping your tooth and removing all decay, your dentist places the filling material (usually composite bonding) into the opening. To help cure your filling and bond it into place, your dentist uses a specialized light. Additional drilling and reshaping is necessary until you can bite down normally.
No downtime is necessary with a filling and treatments are fast. You can even schedule your filling appointment during your lunch hour. Just be aware you may have some numbness for a short period afterward.
How long do tooth fillings last?
Tooth fillings from Trusty Dental are known to last up to 10 years, and often even longer. To help your filling last for years to come, daily brushing and flossing are important. You also need to come to the clinic every six months for exams, X-rays, and cleanings to ensure your tooth stays healthy and decay-free.
If you have a dental cavity or know you need a filling, don’t hesitate to book an evaluation at Trusty Dental. Click the online scheduler or call to schedule your filling appointment today.