what are dental fillings?
Dental fillings are the best option for repairing decayed teeth. In the filling process, Dr. Spencer Grossman will clean and remove damaged enamel from your teeth, then fill your tooth using metal amalgam or a composite filling material. This restores the shape and function of the tooth, and prevents further decay or damage. If you think you may have a cavity in Souderton, it’s important to get help right away. Contact us today to schedule an appointment at Indian Valley Dental, and we’ll help you get the care you need.
Did you know…
The average American adult has 3 dental fillings, and about a quarter of Americans have 11 or more dental fillings.
How it works: The dental filling process
numbing and preparation
To begin your treatment, Dr. Grossman will numb the area and clean your tooth. This ensures that you won’t feel any pain or discomfort during your procedure.
trimming and filling the tooth
Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Grossman will use a dental drill to gently remove any damaged tooth material, and to clean up the cavity. Then, he will apply the filling material directly to your tooth, shaping and sculpting it as it hardens.
final checks and adjustments
After the tooth has been filled, Dr. Grossman will use special bite paper to check your bite, and trim the filling to make any necessary adjustments. He’ll adjust the filling until it looks and feels just like a natural part of your mouth. Then, you’ll be sent home to enjoy your new, healthy smile.
Dental filling Options
We recommend composite fillings for most patients, particularly in the front teeth. That’s because they're tooth-colored, so they have a more seamless, natural appearance. Composite fillings are made out of a blend of special dental resin and crushed glass particles. This material comes in lots of different colors, so Dr. Grossman can pick the color that matches your natural teeth for a perfect result.
We also offer amalgam fillings at our office. Metal amalgam is made from a blend of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. This material is very pliable, strong, and ideal for restoring rear teeth. That’s because it holds up well to the forces of biting and chewing, which are typically stronger in the rear teeth.
However, amalgam does have a silver-gray appearance, and can discolor your tooth somewhat. This is another reason that we usually recommend it for your rear teeth. Typically, your molars aren’t visible when you speak, chew, or smile normally, so amalgam fillings won’t really affect your appearance when they're used in the rear teeth.
Did you know…
Fillings can last 15 years or longer.
Have questions about dental fillings? Find answers here.
do dental fillings hurt?
No. Your mouth will be numb during the filling process, and you won’t feel any pain or discomfort after your filling, either. Once your numbing wears off, you may feel a little bit of soreness in your tooth. But you shouldn’t feel any significant pain or discomfort. If you do experience pain for more than 2-3 days after your procedure, give us a call. You may need to come back to Indian Valley Dental to have your filling adjusted.
Did you know…
Dental fillings can be done in only one session!