Tooth-colored dental fillings in Concord, NH, are very common dental procedures not just here but all over the world. At Concord Dental Associates, we treat multiple cavities with fillings every week. Getting a filling is simple and takes very little time in most cases.
After diagnosing a dental cavity, we might need a dental x-ray. X-rays help us see the depth of dental cavities, and knowing depth is important before we begin treatment. Most cavities can be treated using fillings. There are different types of fillings, but most patients prefer tooth-colored fillings, especially for their front teeth.
Fillings can be made of different types of materials. Tooth-colored fillings are the most popular because they’re cosmetic. People who see you won’t know that you have a tooth-colored filling placed. Composite resin, porcelain, and ceramic are the available types of tooth-colored fillings.
Composite resin fillings are cheap but only last for a couple of years. Porcelain and ceramic fillings are more expensive but can last up to eight or ten years. All three types of fillings are white, and their shade can be modified, so it matches the rest of your teeth. We’ll make our recommendation on the type of filling you should get based on our experience at Concord Dental Associates.
Getting a dental filling is simple. The first step is to use local anesthesia to numb the affected area of the mouth. You’ll remain comfortable during the procedure but might feel some pressure while we work. Next, the cavity has to be cleaned, and all the dead tissue has to be removed. The cavity is then prepared using a type of gel, and the filling is placed. To harden the filling, we use ultraviolet light.
You don’t need to take any precautions or do anything before coming in for a filling. You can go home directly after the procedure with no restrictions. You might bite your lips or tongue if you try to eat while numb, so we recommend waiting until the effect of the anesthetics wears off.
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