Thanks to dental fillings, it’s possible to repair mild or moderate decay, restoring your tooth to its healthy, near-original condition. At Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, PC, experienced dentist Bob Davidson, DDS, uses fillings to safely and effectively treat tooth decay. To make an appointment at the practice in Elburn, Illinois, call the office to speak with a friendly member of the administrative team or click the online booking tool.
Dental fillings are a type of restoration that repairs decaying tooth enamel. If you develop a cavity, a filling can prevent the decay from spreading and preserve your natural tooth.
Fillings are quick, pain-free, and last for years. They’re incredibly durable and can withstand the wear-and-tear caused by daily activities like biting and chewing.
There are several types of fillings, including:
Metal fillings are made from alloys like copper, tin, or silver. They’re incredibly tough and long-lasting but don’t blend in with your teeth. As a result, it’s possible to see them whenever you speak, laugh, or yawn.
Composite fillings use materials like porcelain or glass ionomer. They’re just as tough as metal fillings but mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of your tooth enamel. That allows them to blend in with your smile, ensuring no one notices them. This is the type of fillings that Dr. Davidson offers.
At Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, P.C., getting a filling takes one or two appointments.
First, Dr. Davidson conducts an oral exam and asks about your symptoms. Then, he orders a series of digital X-rays to assess the decay affecting your tooth. After gathering the necessary information, Dr. Davidson administers a local anesthetic and carefully removes the decaying portion of your tooth.
Next, he cleans your tooth with an antiseptic solution and takes digital impressions. Dr. Davidson then proceeds to remove the old silver amalgam fillings. This type o filling is particularly high in mercury and isn't ideal to be used in the mouth.
After Dr. Davidson conducts an oral exam and assesses your tooth, he administers a local anesthetic and removes the decaying portion. Next, he applies a thin layer of composite resin to the top of your tooth and points a special light at it. The light cures the material and hardens it. Dr. Davidson repeats these steps several times, fully restoring your tooth.
The length of time that fillings last depends on the material used and how well you take care of it. Most fillings last 12-15 years, but it’s possible to extend their lifespan with good oral hygiene. Dr. Davidson recommends brushing and flossing daily and visiting the office two times a year for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning.
To prevent damage to your filling, avoid bad habits like chewing on ice cubes or popcorn kernels and don’t open objects with your teeth.
To learn more about fillings, make an appointment at the practice of Dr. Robert Davidson, DDS, P.C. by calling the office to speak with a caring member of the administrative staff or by clicking the online booking tool.