WHAT IS A FILLING?
When we diagnose a cavity either on the X-ray or with an oral exam, the tooth will most likely need a filling. We remove all the decay and clean the tooth and fill that space with a filling. At times a filling can also be used to repair a broken tooth.
At times the cavity might be too small to not warrant a filling. In those circumstances we will watch the lesion during regular checkups. If it shows signs of worsening, we will elect to do the filling.
Dr. Makkar will evaluate, take all factors in consideration and provide with an individualized treatment plan.
DOES IT HURT?
In order to work on a tooth, we use local anesthetic. This will numb the tooth so that we can work without causing any pain.
HOW LONG DOES A FILLING LAST?
We can’t guarantee the life span of a filling as it is dependent on a multitude of factors such as home care, eating habits, frequent checkups, parafunctional habits to name a few. With constant use and wear, fillings can break or fall out. This can make the tooth more vulnerable to further decay, sensitivity or some other issues. We will evaluate to restore it appropriately.
WHAT COLOR ARE THE FILLINGS?
At PDM Family Dental, we use white (Composite) fillings only. We try to match to the color of your own teeth.