Dental FillingsAn Overview
Dental fillings are a routine procedure that can help treat and prevent the spread of tooth decay. Most people will experience tooth decay at some point in their adult life. For patients with mild to moderate decay, dental fillings are a safe, effective and comfortable dental treatment.
Our Fallston dentist office uses only tooth-colored dental fillings. “White” dental fillings are durable, attractive and highly compatible. A white filling blends in with your natural smile.
It is possible to replace old amalgam (silver) fillings with new, natural looking white fillings. Replacing metal fillings with white dental fillings can restore your smiles natural aesthetics and improve your oral health.
Cavity Prevention in Children
Diligent oral hygiene maintenance is the strongest foundation for a healthy mouth. As parents, you want to instill positive oral health habits in your child from the very beginning. Did you know that over half of children aged 5-9 have at least one cavity?
You can prevent your child from becoming a part of this statistic simply by encouraging them to brush for 2 minutes twice daily (2 X 2) and floss once daily. During routine visits to our Fallston dentist office, we take the time to show our young patients how to effectively brush and floss to maintain tooth enamel and oral health.
You can also improve your child’s oral health by preparing meals that are low in sugar and discouraging in-between meal snacking and sugary drinks. Snacking provides more opportunities for the bacteria in your mouth to feed on sugar and produce acids that destroy tooth enamel and cause cavities.
Tooth decay is an infectious disease and is especially prevalent among school children. Tooth-related illnesses account for the loss of 52 million school hours each year.
If your child is especially prone to cavities, or if a low-sugar diet is not entirely realistic, you may want to talk to Dr. Elliott about preventative sealants. This dental procedure uses a resin to fill in the pits and grooves on your molar teeth and makes them a less favorable environment for bacterial invasion.
Dental Fillings FAQs
Why do I need a dental filling?
Dental fillings are primarily used as a cavity filling. A dental filling may also be used to restore a tooth after a root canal procedure. It is also possible to use dental fillings to treat teeth that have small chips or breaks.
Do I need a dental filling, an inlay or onlay?
The dentist will complete an evaluation to determine what type of dental filling is right for you. Typically, a composite dental filling is used for minor tooth decay or other damage. Inlays and onlays are used for large tooth cavities and to replace large old fillings.
Are dental fillings painful?
Dental fillings, inlays and onlays are relatively simple procedures. Most patients do not experience any pain during the procedure, though some report mild sensitivity.