Fillings

The Dental Way

General Dentistry & Orthodontics located in Bergenfield, NJ

A cavity caused by tooth decay is one of the most prevalent and annoying dental problems everyday people face. The team at The Dental Way in Bergenfield, New Jersey, provides hassle-free fillings to remedy cavities. They can relieve painful symptoms, restore the health of your affected tooth, and even offer best practices on how to prevent future decay. Call or use the online booking tool today to schedule your next appointment.

Fillings Q & A

The Dental Way

What are fillings?

A filling is a dental tool used to help restore a tooth affected by decay. Without fillings, decay can worsen and lead to cavities that form holes in your teeth. Fillings restore your tooth’s shape, appearance, and function.

The main function of a filling is to close off the spaces that cavities create where bacteria can enter your tooth. When bacteria can enter freely, decay progresses and can lead to serious problems like tooth loss.

How are fillings made?

First, your dentist at The Dental Way evaluates you and assesses the severity of your decay. In the event of a cavity, they take detailed impressions of your teeth. These impressions are sent off to an outside dental lab where your fillings are custom-made.

For your safety, the team at The Dental Way doesn’t use metal fillings, which contain small amounts of mercury. The FDA has linked the use of mercury in fillings to some adverse health risks.

If you need a filling, the team uses other materials that don’t sacrifice durability, such as plastic or composite resin. You can get either white fillings or tooth-colored fillings that blend in nicely with your smile.  

What is the procedure for a filling?

Once your filling has been completed at the outside dental lab, you return to The Dental Way’s office for a follow-up appointment to have your filling placed.

The procedure itself for getting a filling is very straightforward. The first step is a comprehensive cleaning. Your dentist uses special dental instruments to remove and scrape away any decay. Next, they bond the filling to your tooth with a strong adhesive.

Will I adjust to my new filling?

Yes, there isn’t a significant adjustment after getting a filling. Very shortly after your procedure, your filling will just feel like another part of your mouth. Your dentist monitors your progress in the weeks following your filling placement to make sure everything is going smoothly.

To learn more about fillings, call or use the online booking tool and schedule an appointment at the office.

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