Make teeth look and feel natural again.
Dental fillings are the most common procedure performed in our office. They repair and restore the tooth and help prevent painful decay or infection that would require more serious work. We use composite resin fillings that are color matched to your tooth. Unlike amalgam (metal fillings), tooth-colored composite resin bonds really well with the tooth and is capable of filling much smaller spaces which means less drilling!
Why are fillings so important?
The prospect of getting a filling can feel like a chore for many. You may find yourself putting it off or wondering why you need to have a filling in the first place, especially if your tooth doesn’t hurt (yet). Nonetheless, we strongly recommend you have your cavities filled at your earliest convenience, and here is why:
- Stop cavities from getting bigger.
- Prevent painful infections or abscesses.
- Cavities weaken your tooth. Fillings restore strength and durability.
- They save you money in the long run.
- Reduce sensitivity to hot and cold.
- Preserve your natural smile for as long as possible.
How Are Cavities Filled At Thornton
Prior to starting the procedure, we prioritize your comfort by taking the necessary time to gently numb your gums. We understand that this step can cause anxiety for some individuals. The numbing process ensures that your teeth and the surrounding area are effectively numbed, allowing you to experience minimal discomfort during the procedure.
Filling In The Affected Tooth
Once we ensure that you are comfortably numbed, we proceed with the careful cleaning and preparation of your tooth. An adhesive gel is then applied to the affected tooth, providing a foundation for the composite resin (white filling material) that will be shaped and sculpted to seamlessly match your natural contours or bite. This process is repeated five times for a comprehensive treatment.
Curing the Composite Resin
The composite resin material utilized to fill or bond your tooth undergoes rapid curing and hardening with the aid of a specialized LED light. Following this, the dentist thoroughly examines your treated tooth, making any necessary finishing touches before providing it with a final polish. This process is repeated five times to ensure each tooth receives the necessary attention and achieves optimal results.
The Cost Of A Filling At Thornton
Fillings are a vital preventive measure to avoid dental problems, and many insurance companies offer substantial coverage for them due to their routine nature. With typical insurance plans, costs can range from $0 to $100+ per filling. For those without dental insurance, the price typically falls between $120 and $300 or higher, especially if multiple fillings are required simultaneously.
Determining the precise cost of your treatment depends on several factors:
- Your current oral health.
- The number of fillings needed.
- The location of the cavities in your mouth.
- Whether new x-rays are necessary.
- The duration of treatment required to address your specific needs.
- The equipment and supplies needed to accommodate your requirements.Promptly filling cavities is of utmost importance to us, as it effectively prevents more invasive procedures, averts dental pain, and contributes to your overall well-being and satisfaction.
Contact us today
to schedule an initial consultation & exam.
Your consultation will include an examination of everything from your teeth, gums and soft tissues to the shape and condition of your bite. Generally, we want to see how your whole mouth looks and functions. Before we plan your treatment we want to know everything about the health and aesthetic of your smile, and, most importantly, what you want to achieve so we can help you get there.
Frequently Asked Questions
If you take care of your teeth well, come in for regular cleanings and floss and brush it is fair to expect your filling will last for well over a decade.
In the past, fillings were commonly made with a dental alloy known as “dental amalgam,” which earned nicknames such as “silver” and “mercury” fillings. Although there has been ongoing debate about the safety of amalgam fillings, the American Dental Association states that scientific research has not confirmed any illness caused by dental amalgam in the general population. Therefore, if you currently have silver fillings, there is no need to be concerned.
While there are over-the-counter products designed to temporarily fill a cavity or address minor tooth damage, it’s important to note that they are not a permanent solution and cannot substitute a professional filling. Cavities represent permanent tooth damage that requires proper cleaning, preparation, and filling by a dental professional. Allowing dental decay to progress without treatment poses significant risks. Untreated cavities can result in tooth loss and potentially lead to tooth abscess formation. Seeking prompt dental care is essential to prevent these complications.
If you are experiencing severe pain that hinders your ability to eat or sleep, it is considered a dental emergency, and we strongly advise you to contact us immediately. We can provide guidance over the phone and prioritize scheduling an appointment as soon as possible. For temporary relief of a toothache, you can apply a cold compress to the affected area on your face. Taking a pain reliever like acetaminophen (e.g., Tylenol) or ibuprofen (e.g., Advil) may help alleviate the pain. Always follow your doctor’s advice and carefully read the instructions on the medication bottle. Please remember to note down the medication, dosage, and time taken so that you can inform us during your visit.
What Our Patients Are Saying
I just had THE BEST dental experience of my adult life and I'm not exaggerating. I tend to avoid the dentist from my past experiences with pain. Dr. Carter made receiving 2 fillings painless and quick. This has never happened to me! I've always had pain with fillings. I felt absolutely nothing. Jeremy was assisting and did an amazing job. I have finally found my dentist. Everyone there is kind and professional, thank you so much!