Dental Fillings in Indian Trail, NC
Cavities are a common dental concern that affect people of all ages. The good news is that they’re also preventable with regular brushing, flossing, avoiding excessive sugary foods, and visiting your dentist regularly. At Indian Trail Dental Studio, our doctors are committed to providing a well-rounded approach in treating current and preventing all future cavities. Here’s what you should know about cavities and dental fillings before scheduling your routine dental check-up with one of our trusted dentists.
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Overview of Dental Fillings
Cavities occur when tooth enamel starts to break down due to the presence of plaque and bacteria. Early-stage cavities that start out quite small begin as white spots and eventually progress into large cavities with black or brown spots.
Cavity fillings are the most common method for tooth decay treatment. Tooth filling can provide relief from pain and sensitivity, which is a common symptom of a cavity. It is best to continue excellent oral care by brushing and flossing regularly to properly care for your cavity fillings.
Untreated cavities can cause tooth pain, sensitivity to hot and cold foods, and can jeopardize your oral health. If cavities aren’t treated, they will ultimately require root canals and/or oral surgery.
Cavity Treatment Process
Having your cavity filled at Indian Trail Dental Studio is a simple general dental treatment. Here’s what you can expect during your appointment:
- The dentist will carefully numb the area around your tooth.
- They will remove the decay from the inside of the cavity.
- Then, they will fill the remaining hole with a tooth-colored filling.
- Finally, they will use a special light to allow the filling to harden.
Is Getting a Cavity Painful?
While having a cavity in a tooth may cause pain or sensitivity, having a cavity filled shouldn’t be painful at all. With the help of a local anesthetic that will keep the surrounding area of your infected tooth numb, the cavity filling process should be virtually pain-free from start to finish.
How Long Does Getting a Cavity Filled Take?
The entire process of having a cavity filled depends on the extent of the decay but it usually takes under an hour , including the explanation of the procedure to its completion. The numbing of your targeted site of the mouth may last a bit longer but should resolve on its own within an hour or so.
Can I Drive Myself Home After a Tooth Filling?
Absolutely! Your mouth may be numb but you should be capable of driving. As always, you are more than welcome to bring a family member along if you feel the need.
Cavity Treatment Cost
Most dental insurance companies will cover at least part of the cost of a dental filling. The cost of your dental filling will depend on what your dental insurance plan includes. Please contact our office for information on your particular dental insurance policy.
Schedule Your Dental Filling at Indian Trail Dental Studio
At Indian Trail Dental Studio, the health of your smile is our top priority. If you have a cavity, it’s best to treat it as soon as possible, before it becomes more painful and difficult to treat. Fortunately, Dr. Patel and Dr. Hysa have extensive experience in dental fillings and are happy to explain each step to you prior to completion. It’s important to both of our doctors that all of the options to keep your smile healthy are discussed and we move forward with the best plan for your oral health. Contact us today to learn more about dental fillings and schedule your next routine dental exam with our friendly team.