What is a Dental Filling?
Dental fillings get their name because they actually fill in the portion of the removed tooth (the cavity) where the tooth decayed. Additionally, fillings can also be used to repair cracked, broken, or damaged teeth in some instances.
Dental Fillings Process
Dental fillings are one of the most common oral procedures that Dr. Garza performs—which means that you know you’re in good hands. First, Dr. John A. Garza will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and gums. Once the tooth and gums are numb, he will remove any decay and bacteria from the tooth. After the tooth has been cleaned out, he will then perform a multilayer process to fill the cavity with a composite material like resin, glass, quartz, or porcelain.
Are Dental Fillings Painful?
We will numb your mouth with a local anesthetic before the procedure so that you won’t feel a thing. If you are anxious about having your cavity filled, let us know beforehand so that we can try to make you feel as comfortable as possible.
“I have never felt more cared for at any other dentist office like I do at Dr. Garza’s office…”
How Long Do Dental Fillings Last For?
Although dental fillings are very resilient, they don’t last forever. Depending on the patient, composite fillings typically last under ten years, but much like with any oral procedure, how long they last for varies from patient to patient.
What Materials Are Used in Dental Fillings?
If having a mouth full of metal doesn’t sound like your idea of fun, then you’ve come to the right place. Although the only filling option available used to be made of metal alloys, fillings have come a long way and are now less visible to the untrained eye. These new fillings are made of a variety of materials including composite resin, porcelain, ceramic, and glass ionomer cement (GIC). Not only are all of these materials unique because they are tooth-colored, but they are also very resilient.
Dental Fillings Costs
Tooth-colored fillings are priced similarly to metallic alloys, and they tend to be less expensive than precious metals but more costly than common metals. During your initial consultation, we will go over pricing and payment options.