How will I know if I need a dental filling?

It’s not always obvious to patients when they have a cavity, which is why it’s important to visit our office on a regular basis for routine cleanings and dental exams. The following symptoms can be an indication that tooth decay is present:

  • Tooth pain, especially when eating
  • Sudden tooth sensitivity
  • Sharp pain when eating hot or cold foods
  • One or more holes in a tooth
  • Brown or black spots on a tooth

How long do dental fillings last?

Our office uses tooth-colored dental fillings, which last approximately ten years or longer before they need to be removed and replaced. While silver fillings tend to last longer, our office still prefers to provide tooth-colored fillings for patients. Composite dental fillings are designed to blend in with the surrounding teeth, so they do not stand out at all. They also require less of the natural tooth to be removed before they can be placed, so more of the healthy tooth can remain where it is. Should you ever need a filling replaced, our team would be happy to assist.

Are dental fillings painful?

A local anesthetic will be administered into the gums near the tooth that is receiving a filling to completely numb the entire area. You may feel some pressure on the tooth while Dr. Matney is working on it, but it should not be painful or uncomfortable. Once the numbness wears off after your appointment, you should not feel too much discomfort. If you do experience any pain post-treatment, it shouldn’t be anything that over-the-counter pain medication can’t relieve.

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