When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first cleans the affected area and then fills the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. Depending on your dentist’s recommendation, the material will most often be composite (plastic) or amalgam (silver).
Fillings will last for many years. To ensure a long-lasting restoration we emphasize the importance of good home care (brush for two minutes twice a day and floss every day) and regular dental cleanings and examinations.
A tooth that has just had a filling placed will be more sensitive to hot and cold foods, air temperature, and the pressure of biting. This sensitivity should resolve within a few days. If discomfort persists, contact your dentist.
With fall sports on our minds, it’s a good time to talk about the best ways to protect your mouth. If you or your kids are planning to play football, basketball, hockey, soccer, or any other sport this fall, one of the most important pieces of safety equipment to invest in is a mouthguard. Learn […]