A dental filling repairs decaying tooth enamel. They can also repair cracked or broken teeth caused by activities like teeth-grinding or nail-biting.
When applied to a cracked, chipped, or decaying tooth, the filling dries, preventing further damage and restoring your biting and chewing abilities.
Traditionally, dental fillings were made of metal amalgam. Though tough, amalgam is silver in color and contains trace amounts of mercury. To ensure patient safety, Dr. Gleaner and the team offer composite resin fillings. These fillings blend in with your teeth and they’re made from non-toxic materials.
Getting a dental filling is an outpatient procedure that typically takes less than an hour.
At the beginning of your visit, Dr. Gleaner conducts an oral exam to assess the extent of the damage or decay or orders a series of X-rays. Next, Dr. Gleaner numbs your mouth with a local anesthetic and carefully removes the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth.
After removing the decaying or damaged portion of your tooth, Dr. Gleaner cleans the surface of bacteria and debris. If your cavity is near the root of your tooth, he might also apply some composite resin to protect the nerve.
Next, Dr. Gleaner applies the filling to your tooth. Then, he points a special light at it, causing the material to harden and dry. Dr. Gleaner repeats these steps several times until your tooth is restored to its near-original shape and size.
To maintain your dental filling, it’s important to practice good oral hygiene. Dr. Gleaner and the team recommend visiting the office every six months for an oral exam and professional teeth cleaning, brushing your teeth twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing regularly.
It’s also important to protect your filling from potential damage. Dr. Gleaner suggests avoiding bad habits like biting your fingernails and opening plastic packaging with your teeth.
Most dental insurance plans cover composite fillings, but every policy is different. If you have questions about what your plan covers, contact your insurance provider before scheduling an appointment at Dr. David Gleaner Family Dentistry.
To learn more about dental fillings, make an appointment at Dr. David Gleaner Family Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.