Dental Fillings Procedure
A Modern Approach to a Perfect Smile
What Are Dental Fillings?
Fillings are common dental procedures, with millions of Americans undergoing fillings every year. When dental decay advances too far, it can result in a cavity — a hole in the hard enamel layer of the tooth — which exposes the sensitive inner layers of the tooth to harmful bacteria. Fillings stop this decay before it can get worse by removing the affected tooth material and replacing it with strong, natural-looking synthetic material. By undergoing a dental filling procedure when the decay is first detected, patients can often avoid more painful and expensive treatments later on.
Composite fillings refer to the type of material used in the procedure, a “composite” of different synthetic materials that result in a super strong final product. Because fillings need to withstand the tremendous bite force of chewing while looking and feeling as natural as possible, composite fillings have been specially engineered for these exact purposes. When you receive composite fillings in Windham, you can rest assured that you’re getting a product with 30%-50% less resin than other brands. This composite material tests high for biocompatibility among patients and does not contain any Bisphenol A or B (BPA/BPB).
Porcelain restorations are optimal to repair teeth that have sustained significant loss of tooth structure because of the inherent strength and longevity of the materials. When patients suffer significant loss of enamel or tooth structure, we recommend porcelain restorations because of the inherent strength and longevity of the materials. While amalgam and composite fillings can be affected by restorative technique, filling size, nutrition, and even simple body chemistry, porcelain is chemically inert and largely immune to these factors. With proper installation and care, porcelain restorations (inlays, onlays, and crowns) have been known to last over a decade.
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Advantages of Non-BPA Fillings
Certain composite filling materials are made with trace amounts of potentially toxic chemicals called Bisphenols. In our commitment to patient health, our doctors use VOCO brand restorative materials, which contain 30%-50% less resin than other brands, reducing the presence of Bisphenol A or B. These reduced levels of resin mean VOCO products test high for biocompatibility (Clifford Labs: ccrlab.com), and Scientific Health Solutions classifies VOCO products (Admira, Grandio, etc.) in the Least Reactive Components category for dental restorative materials.
High-Quality Ceramic Restorations
Getting a dental filling in Windham means never settling for subpar care. Our state-of-the-art dental CAD/CAM imaging and porcelain milling technology means that our patients can get same-day crowns while they wait—no more waiting on a follow-up appointment. We work with our patients to decide on the best choice for them, whether it’s a same-day crown or ordering high-quality, lab-made porcelain restorations. If you need a follow-up appointment, we maximize your time in the chair by scheduling any other procedures you might need—from simple cleanings to X-rays and fillings.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings
How Long Does a Dental Filling Take?
Fillings are straightforward procedures that typically take around 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the complexity and size of the cavity.
What Can I Eat After a Dental Filling?
It’s best not to eat anything for the first hour or so after your filling. As the numbing agent wears off, it’s easy to accidentally bite the inside of your mouth. Afterward, stick to soft foods like soups, yogurt, mashed potatoes, and gentle foods for a day or two. And avoid hot, spicy, or sticky items.
How Long Does a Dental Filling Last?
Dental fillings can typically last 5 to 15 years or even longer with proper oral hygiene and regular dental check-ups.
What Not to Do After Dental Filling?
After a dental filling, avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods, consuming hot beverages, and biting directly on the filling area. Also, refrain from smoking and follow any post-treatment instructions provided by your dentist.
Do I Need to Have My Fillings Replaced?
With proper care, fillings can last for many years between replacements. However, dental fillings may need to be replaced if they are damaged, worn out, or the tooth around them is badly decayed.
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Blue Sky Anesthesia
In order to help our patients feel comfortable and pain-free throughout their entire treatment process, Windham Family Dentistry offers anesthesia services by Blue Sky Anesthesia. The expertly trained and experienced professionals at Blue Sky offer a range of anesthesia services from simple numbing to complete sedation, meaning you can get crucial dental care at the exact level of comfort you desire without any side effects.
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