Dental Fillings in Richmond, TX
A dental filling is the cornerstone of modern dentistry. It is the first step in prevention of cavities growing and turning into procedures like root canals and tooth extractions. But what is a dental filling? What procedures are commonly practiced when filling a tooth? Below are some common questions that are asked by our own patients. If there are any further questions that come up that we have not answered here, please give our office a call and schedule a consultation with Dr. Jasmine.
What are the steps to perform a dental filling?
- We will begin by using some medicine to put your tooth or teeth to sleep (local anesthesia)
- we will use a drill to remove the decay or cavity from within the tooth structure.
- After the cavity is fully removed we will place a blue gel called etch to help increase the bonding strength between the filling material and your own tooth structure. We may also use a glass ionomer base if the filling was very deep (near the nerve of the tooth).
- We will then use a mixture of two liquids called a primer and an adhesive agent to further increase the bonding strength between the filling material and your tooth.
- A light cure (blue light) is used to cure the adhesive material before the filling is placed.
- After this, a tooth colored filling material is placed and shaped to match the color and structure of your own tooth. This filling material is made of resin composite and it is also light cured to solidify.
- Your bite is checked and adjusted after the filling material is placed and solidifies by the blue light.
Are Dental Fillings safe?
Yes they are. There have been some studies that have been conducted that show that Amalgam Mercury Fillings (silver fillings) may cause harmful side effects in the body, but the majority of these studies are inconclusive, and the use of these silver fillings are still seen today across the United States. You can read the American Dental Associations stance on amalgam fillings here.
It is our position at Best Dental that even though there may not be any harmful risk with silver fillings, why take the risk. We only use resin composite (tooth colored) filling material to restore our patients cavities.
What are the types of fillings?
- Resin composite fillings: fillings that look like your natural teeth (also known as tooth colored fillings)
- Amalgam fillings: Silver fillings that aid in strengthening the integrity of your tooth structure.
- Resin Inlay: An indirect filling material that is cemented into place using a special form of dental cement. This procedure usually requires two appointments and is usually performed for teeth that need a larger restoration.
- Gold fillings: These are hardly seen anymore, but gold foil fillings can be used as filling materials. They work really well, but may not be as cosmetic as your tooth colored white fillings.
Are dental fillings painful or do they hurt?
Not at all. Local anesthesia is used to make sure the tooth is completely numb before the filling procedure is performed. If during the procedure, any discomfort is felt, Dr. Jasmine will not move forward until the tooth is completely deadened with enough anesthetic.
Are dental fillings necessary?
If you want to avoid costly procedures like root canals, then a filling is a really good idea. It stops cavities from spreading further into the tooth structure and can save you thousands of dollars down the road.
Are Dental Fillings guaranteed?
Our dental fillings, performed by Dr. Jasmine, are guaranteed for ten years. If anything happens within that time-frame, we will fix it for you at no charge.
Are dental fillings safe during pregnancy?
At Best Dental, we recommend completing fillings during your pregnancy with the written consent and medical release of your physician. If your physician recommends caries control, we will go with his or her guidelines and remove your cavities inside your mouth.
Are metal mercury fillings (Amalgam) toxic for your body?
According to numerous studies shown by the American Dental Association, mercury dental fillings are not harmful for the long term health of your body. Mercury poisoning is a myth, and those who continue to preach this rhetoric are ignoring the science proving that amalgam fillings are not harmful for the body.
Can a dental filling be replaced?
Broken down or leaking dental fillings are recommended to be replaced. Secondary cavities underneath older fillings is commonly seen on x-rays and inside your mouth. Dr. Jasmine will let you know if any of your current dental fillings need to be replaced.
Can Dental fillings fall out?
Yes they can. This is usually due to underlying dental cavity underneath your filling. In most of these cases, the dental filling material is removed along with the underlying cavity, and a new dental filling material is placed.
Can Dental fillings last a lifetime?
No they cannot. Unfortunately, sometime down the road, a dental filling will more than likely need to be replaced. As far as dental technology has come, there are no material that don’t need to be replaced at one time or another during one’s whole life.
How long can dental fillings last?
They can last quite a while depending on how well your hygiene is. Good oral hygiene will keep your dental fillings intact for many years, but as previously mentioned, most dental fillings will need to be replaced sometime in the future.
Can dental filling cause health problems like cancer?
No they can’t. There are no studies that conclude that dental fillings are the cause of any serious health problem.
Do larger fillings need to be crowned?
Dr. Jasmine strongly recommends that larger dental fillings be crowned. The reason being is that these teeth are highly susceptible to fracture, which can even lead in tooth removal if the fracture is deep enough. Unfortunately, tooth cracks are very frequently seen, and many times are due to larger dental fillings that have weakened that actual tooth structure.
Can Dental fillings cause headaches?
There are no studies that show any link between headaches and dental fillings. Fillings may need to be adjusted if they interfere with your bite. In this case, the tooth may become sore until the filling material is adjusted to fix your bite completely.
Can dental fillings be whitened?
No they cannot. Whitening your teeth unfortunately will not whiten the dental filling materials that are currently in your mouth.
Does dental insurance cover dental fillings?
Most insurance carriers will cover the majority of your dental filling’s costs. At Best Dental, we will let you know what is covered under your plan during your consultation appointment with Dr. Jasmine.
Are you in need of a dental filling? Call our office today for your regular checkup to make sure your teeth don’t have cavities. This action alone may save you your hard-earned money.