You should expect to be in your dentist’s office for about an hour. This gives you enough time to take x-rays if necessary, talk to you about the procedure and complete dental work. Before filling cavities, your dentist will numb your teeth, gums and surrounding skin to prevent and reduce discomfort during the procedure. Next, he or she will puncture the tooth decay and replace it with a filling. This process only takes a few minutes.
Once you are finished, your mouth will probably remain numb for a few more hours. There are no significant risks associated with filling cavities, but be sure to have your dentist’s contact information handy in case you have questions or complications.
The most common use of dental fillings is to fill a cavity in the tooth. But dental fillings can also be used to repair damage to teeth caused by teeth grinding (bruxism) or to replace part of a broken tooth.
Sometimes known as filled compounds or resins, these fillers have a combination of glass or quartz filler and can be matched to the color of your tooth. Composite fillings are also quite durable and are ideal for small to medium size restorations in areas of the mouth that perform moderate chewing.