Dental Filling Process

Receiving Your Dental Filling at Cohen Dentistry

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Maintaining good oral health is essential for overall well-being, and tooth fillings are necessary for preserving the health and aesthetics of our teeth. Whether it’s addressing minor cavities or restoring more extensive areas of tooth decay, dental fillings are a common dental procedure aimed at ensuring a pain-free and confident smile. In this process, our Chula Vista, CA dentist, Dr. Nick Addario, utilizes various materials to repair and restore damaged teeth, promoting optimal oral health and functionality.

To learn more about dental fillings, contact our Chula Vista dental office by calling (619) 626-2004 to schedule an appointment.

The Dental Filling Process

The dental filling procedure, including filling cavities, may change for you depending on the type of dental filling material, such as amalgam fillings or gold fillings, you’re receiving.

Examination and Diagnosis

Your Chula Vista dentist begins by examining the tooth and taking X-rays to assess the extent of the damage. The X-rays taken will provide a detailed view of the teeth and can reveal cavities between teeth or beneath the surface. Digital imaging techniques like intraoral cameras may also be used to capture detailed images of the affected tooth.

Dr. Addario will ask about your symptoms, such as tooth sensitivity and pain. Based on the findings, he will determine if a dental filling is necessary. Early detection and treatment of cavities can help prevent tooth decay.

Numbing the Area

To begin the cavity-filling process, Dr. Addario will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth. This ensures that the patient remains comfortable throughout the process.

In most cases, a rubber dam or cotton rolls will be used to isolate the tooth being treated. This keeps the tooth dry and prevents contamination from saliva.

Removing the Decay

Using specialized dental instruments, Dr. Addario carefully removes the decayed portion of the tooth. The area is then thoroughly cleaned to eliminate any bacteria or debris. The tooth is then shaped and cleaned to create a suitable surface for the filling material to adhere to. This may involve etching the tooth with a mild acid to improve bonding.

Filling Placement

Once the tooth is prepared, the chosen filling material is applied in layers. For composite fillings, the material is applied incrementally and hardened using a special light. Glass ionomer fillings, made from a mixture of glass and acrylic materials, are another option. They release fluoride to help prevent future cavities and are suitable for small cavities in children’s baby teeth, typically lasting 3 to 5 years. Dr. Addario sculpts and shapes the filling to match the natural contours of the tooth, ensuring proper functionality and aesthetics.

Bite Adjustment and Polishing

After the filling material has hardened, Dr. Addario checks the patient’s bite and makes any necessary adjustments to ensure proper alignment. The filling is then polished, providing a smooth surface that feels natural within the mouth.


Tips for Dental Hygiene

After your dental filling is placed, be sure to follow proper aftercare to ensure a successful recovery.

Sensitivity and Discomfort

It’s common to experience some sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures after the procedure. This sensitivity usually subsides within a few days to a week. Over-the-counter pain relievers can help manage any discomfort.

Resuming Normal Activities

You can typically resume normal activities immediately after the procedure. However, it’s a good idea to avoid chewing on hard or sticky foods for a day or two.

Oral Hygiene

Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly. It’s important to keep the filled tooth and the surrounding area clean to prevent further decay.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the dental filling process painful?

During the dental filling process, your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area being treated. This ensures that you don’t experience any pain or discomfort during the procedure. However, some patients may feel slight pressure or sensitivity during the removal of decayed material.

How long does a dental filling procedure typically take?

A single dental filling appointment can be completed in 30 minutes to an hour. The duration of a dental filling procedure can vary depending on the size and location of the cavity being treated. More extensive cavities may require multiple appointments or additional time for preparation and placement of the filling material.

Can a dental filling fall out or become loose?

While dental fillings are designed to be long-lasting, there’s a possibility of a filling becoming loose or falling out over time. This can occur due to factors such as tooth decay or damage to the filling material. If you notice a filling becoming loose or dislodging, it’s important to contact your dentist as soon as possible.

Schedule a Dental Appointment Today!

The dental filling procedure is important in dentistry as it restores damaged teeth and promotes oral health. With various tooth filling options available, Dr. Addario can precisely place durable and aesthetically pleasing materials. Porcelain fillings, known for their natural, tooth-colored appearance and durability, are one such option, typically lasting 10 to 15 years. By addressing cavities and restoring damaged teeth, dental fillings contribute to overall well-being and confidence. With advancements in dental technology and materials, individuals can benefit from a range of options to cater to their specific dental needs. 

Schedule a consultation at Smile Expert by calling (619) 626-2004 to determine the most suitable type of dental filling for their unique requirements and to ensure long-term oral health and functionality.