Dental Fillings

Dental Fillings in Tampa, FL

The most common dental ailment in the United States is the cavity. A cavity is a hole in the tooth enamel. It can be caused by physical damage, but most often occurs because plaque has been allowed to build up on the teeth. When this happens, the plaque eats through the protective enamel, exposing the interior soft pulp to decay and infection. When left untreated, cavities can lead to permanent tooth loss from infection.

Here at Carrollwood Dental Studio in Tampa, we want all of our patients to maintain optimal oral health and wellness through careful, customized treatments. Our dentists can identify cavities during regular exams and cleanings and will repair them through the use of fillings.

What Is a Filling?

A filling is a substance inserted into a cavity to form a complete layer of defense by repairing the enamel. Fillings used to be made of amalgam (silver), but most modern dental offices use tooth-colored composite resin to create a durable, invisible finish.

Will the Insertion of the Filling Hurt?

We know that many of our patients are anxious about visiting the dentist, so we strive to keep you as comfortable as possible during treatments. The insertion of a filling is one of the simplest dental procedures and requires only a local anesthetic. You will feel no pain as the filling is inserted, and can use the teeth immediately after the anesthetic wears off.

Are Fillings Inserted in One Appointment?

Because we value our patients’ time and schedules, our dentists at Carrollwood Dental Studio will insert a filling during the same appointment when a cavity is discovered. The procedure takes less than an hour, and the tooth can be used as soon as the treatment is complete. However, patients are encouraged to allow the anesthetic to wear off before trying to eat or drink.

Who Can Receive a Filling?

Dental fillings are intended for patients who have cavities or damage to the enamel in their permanent teeth. Children who develop a cavity in a baby tooth do not often receive fillings unless the tooth is at risk of developing an infection.

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