Composite Tooth Fillings in Mesa, AZ
Tooth decay can develop in people young and old. While poor oral health habits can lead to cavities, it’s possible for a cavity to form even with daily brushing and flossing. Luckily, tooth decay is easily treatable with composite dental fillings. If you suspect that you may have a cavity, don’t wait to schedule an appointment with your dentist. Seeking professional dental care as quickly as possible is the best way to prevent minor oral health concerns from progressing into more complicated ones. Here’s what you should know about composite tooth fillings before scheduling your appointment at Restoration Dental.
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Overview of Dental Fillings
Tooth decay, also called cavities or caries, are holes that form on the surface of your teeth; these holes start off very tiny (sometimes they’re invisible to the naked eye), but can quickly grow bigger if not treated. They can result from a number of factors but usually form when bacteria and food particles are left behind in your mouth as a result of poor oral hygiene habits. Even though cavities are very common, they should be taken seriously. Like many other dental issues, cavities require professional dental care to be resolved. The best way to identify and treat cavities in a timely manner is to visit your dentist at least every six months for routine exams and professional cleanings.
Getting a cavity filled is a dental treatment that is quick, simple, and should be virtually painless. During your cavity treatment at Restoration Dental, here’s what will take place:
- The dentist will ensure that your mouth is numb using a local anesthetic.
- When the infected tooth is numb, they will remove the decay from inside of it.
- A tooth-colored material will be used to fill in the empty hole left behind by the decay.
- An LED light will be held up to the tooth to expedite the hardening process.
Is Getting a Cavity Painful?
Some cavities can cause sensitivity or even pain around the infected tooth. However, it’s also normal to have a cavity and not even realize it until the dentist points it out. Regardless of whether your cavity is causing you discomfort, the experience of getting a cavity filled at Restoration Dental should be a painless one. If you do feel discomfort during your procedure, please let our dental team know right away.
How Long Does Getting a Cavity Filled Take?
Most tooth filling appointments take about half an hour to complete. The length of your appointment could take longer if you have multiple cavities to fill and depending on the size and location of the decay.
Can I Drive Myself Home After a Tooth Filling?
Because we only use a local anesthetic to numb the area around teeth requiring composite fillings, it’s completely safe to drive yourself home when your procedure is complete.
Dental Filling Cost
Most dental insurance plans will cover at least part of the cost of composite dental fillings. To learn more about what your dental insurance policy includes, please contact our office.
Schedule Your Composite Tooth Filling at Restoration Dental
If you can’t remember the last time you had a routine dental exam and cleaning, don’t wait another day to schedule yours with Restoration Dental. Our trusted team can help you protect the beauty, comfort, and well-being of your smile with a quick, easy check-up. If the dentist diagnoses you with a cavity, we will ensure that the health of your smile is restored as comfortably as possible. Contact us today. We look forward to helping you maintain a strong, radiant smile for life!