Dental Fillings in Cibolo
If you have a cavity in Cibolo, Dr. Niraj Patel is here to help. At Cibolo Family Smiles, we can fill your tooth to protect your oral health, prevent further complications, and give you peace of mind. Contact us online now to schedule your appointment, or learn more about fillings at our office below.
Do dental fillings hurt?
Dental fillings don’t hurt at all. Your mouth will be completely numb during the procedure, and you can even be sedated at Cibolo Family Smiles for your comfort. You won’t feel any discomfort or pain.
The process of filling a tooth is quite simple to understand. First, Dr. Patel will begin by cleaning and numbing your mouth. Then, the decayed tooth will be trimmed to remove decayed and damaged enamel from the cavity.
Once all of the decayed tooth material has been removed, Dr. Patel will apply metal or composite filling material into the cavity, and then use special tools to reshape, harden, and trim the filling until your tooth has been completely restored.
After the restoration is complete, Dr. Patel will check your bite using a special type of paper, and make any final adjustments that are necessary to ensure a perfect fit for your filling. Then, you’ll be sent home.
What Type of Fillings Do you use?
At our office, we use both metal-amalgam fillings and resin composite “tooth-colored” fillings. Either one may be right for you, depending on the situation. Dr. Patel will be able to recommend the right filling for your needs.
Metal-amalgam fillings are made of a blend of metals like copper, tin, silver, and mercury. They have a grayish color that can discolor your teeth, so they are usually only used in rear molars. Metal fillings are great for your rear teeth because they are very pliable, durable, and strong, and are able to effectively hold up to the chewing forces that your rear teeth experience when you eat.
Resin fillings are a bit different. They are made out of a blend of resin and glass that is matched to the color of your teeth. This means they provide much better cosmetic results, so they are typically the best choice for front teeth. Resin fillings are also quite durable, and bond tightly to your tooth for long-lasting results.
How long will my filling last?
Resin fillings tend to last up to 7 years, while metal fillings can last up to 12 years. However, most patients may keep their fillings for even longer than this with proper dental care and hygiene.
After you get your filling, make sure to brush twice a day and floss once per day, and see Dr. Patel every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam at Cibolo Family Smiles. During your appointment, Dr. Patel will check your teeth to make sure they’re healthy, and look for any signs that your fillings or other dental work may be failing, giving you peace of mind.