Do you have a cavity? You’re not alone. Cavities are one of the most common dental problems in the United States. But don’t worry, we can take care of them for you in Naperville with our dental fillings.
What are Dental Fillings?
Once a cavity forms, it will continue to grow larger unless you treat it. Over time, the damage can become so extensive that it requires a root canal or tooth extraction. We use fillings to stop the decay, eliminate the discomfort, and prevent the need for expensive, invasive treatment. We can also use them to repair chipped or cracked teeth.
We use high-quality materials for our dental fillings, so you can rest assured that we will restore your tooth. In the past, fillings were made primarily from metals such as gold or silver. Today, however, we can use many different materials to create fillings that match the color of your teeth.
Our dental fillings are commonly made of composite resin, a tooth-colored material that blends in well with natural teeth. Tooth-colored resin means that once your restoration is complete, it will be difficult, if not impossible, to tell that you ever had any cavities at all.
What is the Dental Fillings Process in Naperville?
At Naperville Family Dentists, we know that getting a filling can be a daunting experience, especially if you have never had one before. But you are in good hands with Dr. Nicholas P. Primiano and Dr. Diane M. Mach. Our team is experienced and skilled at providing dental filling treatment. Here’s what you can expect when getting a dental filling:
First, we will numb the area around the tooth we will fill. Next, we will use a specialized dental drill around the decayed region of the tooth to remove the cavity. We will clean the area, prepare it for the filling, and then use a dental material to fill in the empty space.
Finally, we will polish the filling to ensure a smooth, natural finish. The result is a tooth that looks and functions just like a natural tooth.
How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?
The answer depends on several factors, including the type of filling, the location of the tooth, and the amount of wear and tear it experiences. For example, fillings made of tooth-colored composite materials are less durable than metal ones and are more likely to chip or wear down over time. They also tend to be more expensive. On the other hand, metal fillings are very durable and usually last 10-15 years before needing to be replaced. However, they are not as esthetically pleasing as composite fillings and can sometimes cause sensitivity in teeth. Ultimately, the best way to prolong the life of your dental fillings is to practice good oral hygiene habits and visit your dentist.
Here are some tips on taking the best possible care of your fillings:
- Avoid chewing hard foods (ice, candy, nuts)
- Don’t chew on non-food items (pens, pencils)
- Use a toothbrush with soft bristles
- Floss regularly
Am I a Candidate for Dental Fillings?
How do you know if you’re a candidate for fillings? The first step is to schedule a consultation with one of our dentists. We will take a close look at your teeth and determine if fillings are the best option for you during the consultation. We often recommend fillings for patients who have cavities or other small areas of decay.
Fight Cavities in Naperville With Dental Fillings
You won’t have to worry about that cavity anymore. Our long-lasting dental fillings in Naperville will restore your teeth to their former glory and optimal health.
Schedule an appointment today.