Cavities are more than just minor inconveniences; they can lead to serious dental issues if left untreated. Dental fillings offer a simple and effective solution to halt the progression of decay and restore the integrity of your teeth.
At John Leitner, DDS, our Grand Haven dentist offers dental fillings to help you say goodbye to the discomfort and potential complications of untreated cavities. To schedule your appointment, contact our dental office today by calling (616) 842-2850.
Dental fillings restore and repair teeth that have been affected by decay or damage. When a tooth develops a cavity (dental caries), a small hole caused by decay, a dental filling is used to fill the cavity and prevent further decay or infection. A dental filling can also be used to repair teeth that have been damaged due to trauma or wear.
With dental fillings, our dentist can help patients with:
There are various types of dental fillings, some not as used as others. Types of dental filling materials may include:
Dental fillings offer several benefits for oral health and overall well-being. Some of the key advantages include:
To determine your need for dental fillings, our general dentists will evaluate the following:
Our Grand Haven dentist will start the dental filling process by numbing the area around the tooth to ensure you’re comfortable during the procedure. Next, we’ll use a dental drill or laser to remove the decayed portion of the tooth, leaving a clean and prepared area. Once the decay is removed, Dr. John Leitner will carefully shape the cavity to create space for the filling material. The chosen filling material, such as composite resin, amalgam, or porcelain, is then placed into the prepared cavity and shaped to match the natural contours of the tooth. The filling is hardened using a curing light.
After ensuring the proper fit and bite alignment of your newly filled tooth, we’ll make any necessary adjustments. The final step involves polishing the filling to achieve a smooth and natural appearance. The result is a restored tooth that’s both functional and aesthetically pleasing while preventing further decay and maintaining the overall oral health of the patient.
On average, a dental filling costs between $50 to $250. However, certain factors will affect the total cost of your filling treatment, such as the type of filling material, the location of the dental practice, and the complexity of your procedure. In most cases, dental insurance covers at least a portion of dental filling expenses.
The process of getting a dental filling is usually painless. Before beginning the procedure, the dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth. This ensures that you won’t feel any pain during the cavity removal or filling placement. Some patients might experience mild discomfort or sensitivity after the anesthesia wears off, but this is temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers.
The lifespan of a dental filling varies depending on factors such as the type of material used, the location of the filling, and the individual’s oral hygiene habits. Amalgam fillings can last for decades, while composite resin fillings might need replacement after around 5 to 10 years. Regular dental check-ups can help monitor the condition of your fillings and detect any signs of wear or damage, ensuring timely maintenance or replacement if necessary.
Dental fillings play a vital role in restoring the health, function, and aesthetics of our teeth. Whether it’s addressing cavities, reinforcing tooth structure, or enhancing smiles, the process of getting a filling is a routine yet essential dental procedure. If you’re experiencing any dental discomfort or suspect you might need a filling, don’t hesitate to reach out to our dentist for a thorough examination.