Affordable Dental Care is a local Tumwater dental practice that offers a variety of dental health care for all the family. If a dental filling is something you require then look no further.

What Is a Dental Filling?

A Dental Filling is when you need to treat an area of your tooth that has a hole (more commonly referred to as a cavity) which has been caused by removing a part of the tooth that suffered from decay. It is essentially the hole that is left in the tooth when the dentist treats it for decay.

If it goes untreated the rest of the tooth can gradually crack and break off, which will lead to further problems and more costly dental treatment. 

Why Would I Need a Filling?

The main purpose of a dental filling is to prevent any further decay spreading in the affected tooth. It can also be used on a tooth that is cracked, chipped or simply worn away, which can sometimes occur from excess grinding of teeth. 

Are There Different Types of Fillings?

The area of the tooth that needs to be filled can be made of different materials, such as porcelain, gold, silver, amalgam (silver color-made up of mercury, silver, tin and copper) or composite materials (tooth colored shade). Your dentist will discuss the various materials available and which one will be suitable for your specific requirements. 

How Long Do They Last?

Depending on the type of filling you choose, this can vary in terms of how long it will last.

  • Glass ionomer- less than 5 years
  • Composite (natural tooth shade) – up to 5 years
  • Silver filing – between 10 and 15 years
  • Gold filling- at least 10 to 15 years
  • Ceramic filling- over 15 years

How Will The Procedure Take Place? 

It usually takes two visits to complete the process. In the first visit the dentist would spend time removing the decay then cover the tooth with a temporary protective layer. On the second visit, the temporary filling is then removed to be replaced with one of the permanent fillings of your choosing. 

How Much Will It Cost?

The exact cost will vary depending on the material of the dental filling you choose and whether you need more than one tooth treated on your visit. Your dentist will discuss this with you before commencing treatment. 

Will It Be Painful? 

The procedure itself will not be painful as you can be given anesthesia if you are prone to pain. You may feel the area is a bit sore for a few days after the procedure, while you get used to the new filling when you bite down.

If the pain is persistent then of course contact the friendly staff at the dental practice for advice and possibly to book a follow up appointment.