Dental fillings are the most common treatment for tooth decay. If you have a cavity in your tooth caused by tooth decay, Dr. Amanda Hurley can remove the decayed material, replace it with a filling, and restore your tooth. With a filling in Baltimore from Be More Dental, you can restore the strength, appearance, and function of your tooth, and prevent further complications like tooth infections. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.
Tooth-colored composite fillings were first introduced as early as the 1960s, but became commonplace much later in the 1990s and 2000s.
Before your filling begins at Be More Dental, our team will clean your teeth to prepare for your treatment. Then, Dr. Hurley will numb the treatment area to prevent any discomfort during the procedure.
Next, Dr. Hurley will use a dental drill to gently remove decayed and damaged enamel from your cavity. This eliminates the decay, and also exposes fresh enamel, which helps create a stronger bond between your tooth and the filling material.
After your tooth has been trimmed, Dr. Hurley will choose a composite filling material that matches the color of your teeth perfectly, and she will apply it to your cavity. Then, she will use special tools to shape, sculpt, and harden the filling, and to restore the shape and size of your tooth.
Once your filling is in place, Dr. Hurley will have you bite down on special paper to check the filling’s fit, and to make sure it’s not interfering with your bite. She’ll make any necessary final adjustments. Then, she’ll polish your tooth and send you home to enjoy your newly-restored smile.
At our office, we use composite dental fillings. These tooth-colored fillings are made from a blend of dental resin and glass particles. Composite fillings are durable, require less enamel removal compared to traditional amalgam fillings, and are completely free of mercury and other metals.Another great advantage of composite fillings is their appearance. Composite resin can be matched to the color of your teeth, providing a seamless restoration. In contrast, metal fillings have a gray-silver appearance that can discolor your tooth.
Dental fillings are one of the oldest forms of dentistry.
Not at all. Dental fillings are minimally invasive, and the process only involves removing some of the enamel, which is the outermost layer of your tooth. Dr. Amanda Hurley will numb the treatment area to make sure you don’t feel any discomfort or pain during your procedure. If you’re nervous about your procedure, we can also discuss your options for sedation dentistry, which will help you feel more calm and relaxed as you get your filling.
On average, composite fillings last between 5-10 years, though some patients can keep their fillings for 10 years or longer. If you want your fillings to last as long as possible, you should maintain good oral hygiene. That includes brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing once per day, and eating a tooth-healthy diet.You also should come to Be More Dental every six months for preventive care. During your routine checkups, Dr. Hurley can check on the condition of your fillings, and recommend replacements if any of your fillings have become worn down or loose.
The average American adult has approximately 3 dental fillings.