Small holes form in the surface of the tooth, causing a cavity. If untreated, the cavity may lead to further damage. Fillings help repair a tooth that has been damaged by tooth decay. Composite fillings are made from materials, plastic or glass, which closely match the color of the patient’s natural teeth. Patients should note that some insurance companies cover composite fillings only for front teeth, while other insurance companies may not cover composite fillings at all.
Frequently Asked Questions About Composite Fillings
What happens during the procedure for composite fillings at Gallagher Cosmetic and Family Dentistry?
Our dentist administers local or topical anesthesia to the teeth, gums, and area around the affected tooth. Using a special drill, the dentist removes the decay from the tooth. The hole is filled with composite material.
When can normal activities resume after the procedure for composite fillings?
The gums and teeth are typically numb after the procedure for composite fillings. Patients should exercise caution when eating and drinking until the numbness resolves.
Is there any pain associated with the procedure for composite fillings?
Many patients may experience discomfort during the procedure as a result of the drill removing the decay from the tooth. Our dentist may administer additional anesthesia to help the patient remain comfortable during the procedure. After the procedure the composite fillings, some patients experience mild discomfort. The discomfort should resolve within one day, and over the counter pain medications may help the patient remain comfortable.