Toothaches are often caused by cavities. The solution is to go to a dentist open on Saturday for dental fillings. Do fillings hurt? You’ll feel no cavity-filling pain. And you can choose between amalgam, which contains mercury, fillings, and porcelain fillings. With our team of dentists, you should feel no pain after tooth fillings, although your teeth may be a little sensitive after filling. But that’s just temporary.
You no longer have to dread having a cavity. No more do you have to ask, “Do fillings hurt?” The answer is a resounding “No!” Modern family dentistry has new, simple methods to make this process as pain-free and quick as possible. And knowing what to expect often reduces your anxiety.
To treat a cavity and keep it from compromising your tooth’s health, your dentist removes the decayed portion of the tooth and fills in the area to make the tooth whole again. Dental fillings can also repair cracked or broken teeth, and to build teeth back up that have been worn down due to age or grinding.
Do You Need a New Filling?
Most people need a filling at some point during their lifetime. If you regularly visit your dentist, they will keep an eye on the condition of your teeth and will quickly detect any early signs of a cavity.
If it’s been a while since you’ve visited a dentist and you’ve noticed a tooth occasionally feels a bit more sensitive than normal, particularly when you eat something hot or cold, or even that it occasionally aches, then it’s time to book a checkup.
Types of Dental Fillings
Our top-rated dental specialist helps you decide the best material for your dental fillings. It depends on the location of the tooth and your budget.
Dental filling material we use in our dentistry center include:
- Gold fillings. The strongest material used for dental fillings, gold works well for high-pressure molars or for those who have a mercury allergy. It’s pricier than the other materials.
- Porcelain fillings. Porcelain is used when the filling is in a noticeable place and where there’s less bite pressure. It’s pricier than mercury fillings, but it mimics the look of your natural teeth.
- Mercury fillings. These are actually made of a silver amalgam, in which mercury is mixed with silver, tin, zinc and copper. The other elements keep you safe from the mercury. One of the toughest materials used for fillings, it’s been in use for more than 150 years. Mercury fillings are the most affordable option for dental fillings.
- Composite resin fillings. Composite resin is a tooth-colored plastic mixed with silica and other materials to mimic the look of natural teeth. Less expensive than porcelain, it can be used on noticeable teeth.
- Inlays and onlays. These are made from a mold of your mouth. The gold, porcelain or composite material is cemented into place over the cleaned-out cavity. An example is a crown, which actually strengthens the tooth.
- Temporary fillings. In emergency cases or while filling material is being made, a temporary filling can keep your tooth safe while you return to your day-to-day life. These typically last about two weeks.
Procedure for Dental Fillings
Do fillings hurt? Cavities hurt more. Your dentist wants to relieve your pain. You’ll find your pain after tooth filling has disappeared completely. Your dentist:
- Takes X-rays and probes to find the exact location of your cavity
- Administers a local anesthetic to keep the pain signals blocked
- Uses a small dental drill to remove the decayed material
- Cleans and disinfects the cavity after extracting all the decay
- Protects the healthy root or nerve in your tooth by inserting a base or liner, which reduces any sensitivity after filling
- Does one of the following, depending on your choice of filling material:
- Takes an impression and make the filling, if you’ve chosen an inlay or onlay, which is cemented into place
- Packs your tooth with the amalgam or porcelain filling material and as it quickly hardens, carves it to your tooth shape
- Places several layers of composite resin into the tooth, building it up slowly and curing it with a blue light
- Shapes, cleans and polishes your tooth to make the filling fit your bite
Filling for Repairs
If you have damaged a tooth through a poor bite or trauma, or if you develop an irritating rough spot, your dentist uses a filling material to repair the tooth. Enamel erosion that leads to tooth sensitivity can also be resolved this way, so your tooth isn’t sensitive after filling.
Whether you receive dental fillings for cavity repair or to fix a traumatized tooth, recovery and aftercare are the same. Some slight soreness in your jaw muscles and surrounding tissue may occur temporarily. Otherwise, adhere to good oral hygiene care for the health of your teeth and gums.
The purpose of dental fillings is to make your tooth, now decay-free, as much like a normal tooth as possible for use in chewing and speaking. Reducing cavity-filling pain and tooth sensitivity allows you to return to your normal life activities. Being aware of sugary foods and drinks, commit to good oral hygiene, and continue your regular checkups to keep your smile bright and pain-free.
Do you have any questions about the Cavity Filling, Composite Fillings? For more information or to schedule an appointment with the cosmetic dentists please contact our dental office in Yonkers for consultation.