A filling can be used to repair the surface of a damaged tooth caused by a fracture, tooth decay, or wear/tear. Sensitivity may be a side effect of an area that needs to be filled. Fillings will strengthen the tooth as well.
What Happens When You Get A Filling?
The area around the tooth will be numbed in preparation to the filling. Once fully numbed, a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument will be used to rid the decayed area. After the area is clean, it’s filled.
Do I Need A Filling?
You may need a filling if you experience any of the following symptoms:
- Sensitivity to hot, cold, and sugary foods
- General tooth pain
- Pain when biting or chewing
- Tearing floss in certain spots
- Dark spots on the surface of the tooth
- Food sticking to parts of teeth
Contact us today to schedule an appointment so a dentist can determine if you actually need a filling.
Does Getting a Fillings Hurt?
The actual process of getting a filling can be something patients worry about. Your gums will be numbed around the tooth, so you won’t feel a thing. It’s typical after the numbness wears off to feel a little sensitivity. After a few days, it will start feeling better and after a week it will be completely fine.