Dental Fillings

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Dental Fillings

You should expect to be in our 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, our Lauderhill 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 our Dental Office 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.

Composite Fillings:

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.

General Questions about Dental Fillings

How long does it take to have a filling?

In general fillings are relatively simple, every filling is drilled and filled in about 15 minutes. The longest part of getting a cavity filled is waiting for the anesthesia to kick in. That can take 5 minutes or more, depending on the patient.

Do cavities go away after filling?

While a cavity won’t go away on its own, our dentists in Lauderhill can repair it with a filling. You can also prevent and even reverse tooth decay to keep cavities from forming.

How long does it take to get a composite filling?

Composite resin dental fillings can usually be completed in one appointment, lasting up to an hour or so depending on the extent of the cavity. Getting a composite resin dental filling takes up to 20 minutes longer than for a silver, or amalgam, filling.

How long do dental fillings last?
It found an average life span of 12.8 years for the amalgams and 7.8 years for the composites. 2) A study by Forss (2001) calculated an average life span of 12 years for amalgam fillings and about 5 years for composite ones.
Do fillings really hurt?
Some people feel sensitivity after they receive a filling. The tooth may be sensitive to pressure, air, sweet foods or cold. Composite fillings often cause sensitivity, but other types of filling materials can, too. The most common reason for pain right after the anesthetic wears off is that the filling is too high.
How do you know if a filling is going bad?
  • Watch for tooth sensitivity. If you have fillings that need replacement, you’ll likely feel it first. …
  • Notice pressure when eating. In some cases, you may feel pressure when biting down on food. …
  • Detect sharp or throbbing pain. …
  • Acknowledge a constant toothache.
Do fillings fall out?
Fillings and crowns sometimes loosen and fall out. This is rarely an emergency, but it can be painful because the exposed tooth tissue is often sensitive to pressure, air or hot and cold temperatures. In some cases, a filling or crown may come loose because decay has developed underneath it.
What is a filling made of?
Today, several dental filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper); or tooth-colored, plastic, and materials called composite resin fillings.
How long do ceramic filling last?
Preliminary evidence suggests that porcelain fillings can last for 15 to 30 years. However, many studies involving the durability of porcelain fillings were conducted on fillings placed prior to advancements in both material and bonding procedures. The typical lifespan of a metal amalgam filling is around 15 years.
How long are silver fillings supposed to last?
There are some pros to getting silver fillings, but also some negatives. Silver fillings, also known as amalgam fillings, are strong, durable, and can withstand a lot of wear and tear. They typically last anywhere from 10 to 15 years, and are a great option to fill in any decayed areas of your teeth.

Other Services

Porcelain Veneers
Patients who have a number of chips, cracks, stains, or gaps between teeth visible when they smile may consider Cosmetic Dentistry Veneers.
Metal Free Restoration
Metal-free Restorations are crafted from a single block of tooth-colored ceramic that is precisely crafted to repair teeth.
Dental Bonding
Dental Bonding is used for Cosmetic purposes to improve the appearance of a discolored or chipped tooth. It also can be used to close spaces between teeth, to make teeth look longer or to change the shape or color of teeth.
Teeth Whitening
There are countless Cosmetic Whitening Products available in local stores, but these over the counter options are unable to deliver the results they promise. Our Lauderhill Dental Team offers both in-office and take-home Cosmetic Whitening solutions that brighten smiles up to ten shades.
Crown Lengthening
This Cosmetic Procedure is typically performed using a soft tissue laser. A small amount of gum tissue is removed to expose dental structure below the gum line.

Lauderhill home Of Dentistry

Our Lauderhill Dental Office is located on the corner of Commercial Blvd & Inverrary Blvd, between Bennett Auto Supply and Deja Vu Salon, in the Boulevard Shoppes II, Lauderhill Florida. Our dedicated dentists and team welcome patients from Tamarac, Sunrise, Plantation, Lauderdale Lakes, North Lauderdale and other surrounding communities.

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