Treat Tooth Decay & Cavities
Dental Fillings in Elk Grove
Tooth decay is a very common issue, and fillings are the best way to eliminate cavities and keep your mouth healthy. Fillings are the most common restorative dental treatment in America. It’s estimated that more than 175 million fillings are placed per year. If you have a toothache or suspect you might have a cavity, don’t wait. Call the team at The Grove Family Dental and get a filling from Dr. Jeron Winslow as soon as possible.
The Benefits of Composite Fillings
At our office, we exclusively use composite fillings. This type of filling is made from a special type of dental resin that can be matched to the color of your teeth, providing better cosmetic results, compared to metal amalgam fillings, which have a silvery-gray appearance.
Tooth-colored fillings also have a few other benefits compared to metal fillings. They are less conductive, so there is a lower risk of tooth sensitivity. They also do not contain any mercury, a toxic metal that is commonly used in metal fillings.
Composite fillings can also be placed without removing as much enamel, compared to metal fillings. They bond very tightly to your enamel, which preserves the strength of your natural tooth structure. For all of these reasons, we exclusively use composite fillings at The Grove Family Dental.
What Are the Signs
That I Need a Filling?
Wondering if you have a cavity, and might need a filling? There are a few common signs you can look out for. If you have a toothache or your tooth feels more sensitive to temperature changes and pressure, these are potential signs that you might have a cavity.
You can also look for visible signs of cavities, such as pits or holes in your teeth or brown/dark discolorations and stains on your teeth. If you recognize one or more of these signs, it is important to come to our office to get a check-up so we can determine if a filling is required to protect your tooth.
Simple and Non-Invasive
The Dental Filling Process
Fillings usually take less than an hour, and the process is very straightforward. First, Dr. Winslow will numb the treatment area and clean your tooth. Next, he will use a dental drill to remove any damaged or decayed enamel from the tooth, preparing it for the placement of the filling.
Once your tooth has been prepared properly, he will choose a dental resin that matches the color of your tooth perfectly, and place this resin directly into the cavity. Then, he will sculpt and trim the filling using special dental tools, restoring the natural shape and structure of your tooth.
After the filling has been placed, Dr. Winslow will check your bite, and make any necessary adjustments to ensure that the filling fits in with the rest of your natural teeth perfectly, completing the process.
Do Fillings Hurt?
Fact vs. Fiction
Getting a filling is a completely pain-free process. Your mouth will be numb throughout the procedure. You may feel some pressure and vibrations, but you will not feel any pain during the filling placement process.
For the next few days, your filling may feel a little tender. It may also feel sensitive for 2-4 weeks after treatment. This is normal and should quickly subside. However, if you notice any pain that persists for more than a week or sensitivity that persists for more than 4 weeks, schedule a follow-up appointment with Dr. Winslow as soon as possible.