Repair teeth without compromising the look and feel of your smile. At Third Street Dental, we custom-match fillings to the shade of your existing teeth for ideal results.
Gently Restore Your Smile
Dental caries, or cavities, are permanently damaged areas of a tooth caused by bacteria. This bacteria breaks down the foods that we eat into acids, which then demineralize the enamel layer, resulting in a cavity. As the cavity gets larger, you may notice sensitivity when consuming hot, cold or sweet foods or have discomfort with chewing. However, many cavities cause no symptoms at all.
It’s not uncommon to develop cavities—even with a healthy diet and great dental regimen. The most important step you can take is treating the area quickly. At Third Street Dental, we will thoroughly evaluate all of your teeth and determine what treatment options would be best for you.
- Remove Cavities
- Restore Missing Tooth Structure
- Close Spaces Between Teeth
- Repair Chipped Teeth
A Quick and Easy Process from Start to Finish
If you’re fearful about fillings, we trust that you will feel comfortable with us. Our gentle approach helps nervous patients feel safe and comfortable throughout the entire process.
We will look clinically and with digital x-rays for signs of tooth decay, fractures and failing fillings.
We’ll create a treatment plan that takes into account your dental goals and budget.
After numbing, we gently remove the decay, and fill the missing tooth structure to restore your tooth to ideal.
Composite fillings are bonded into place so you are free to eat once the anesthetic wears off. After that, just treat the tooth as you do the rest of your teeth, brushing and flossing daily!
It’s not uncommon to have questions about a treatment. Here are the top questions asked by patients at Third Street Dental.
How Long Does It Take to Get a Filling?
The length of your appointment varies, depending on the amount and location of decay. However, most appointments are finished within an hour and patients can return to work or school immediately afterward.
Do Fillings Hurt?
We always numb the affected area with a topical and a local anesthetic before preparing the tooth and placing the filling. At your request, we may also use nitrous oxide (laughing gas). We’ll work with you individually to choose the anesthetic option that’s right for you so you feel your most comfortable. Occasionally, a tooth can be temporarily sensitive following a filling and may need a bite adjustment.
Will My Filling Be Noticeable?
Because composite fillings are created to match the shade of your existing teeth, they are virtually unnoticeable.
Why Composite Fillings Over Amalgam Fillings?
Composite fillings are bonded into place, look nicer, and require less of the tooth structure to be removed. For those reasons, we recommend them to all our patients. However, we do place amalgam fillings at a patient’s request.
Request an Appointment
If you have a cavity, fracture, chips, or stains, a filling can make your teeth look and feel their best. Book your appointment today to experience our safe and gentle approach to dental care.