August 20, 2021

1) What are composite tooth fillings?

A composite filling is a treatment for a cavity. This type of filling uses a composite resin material to restore your oral health. Composite resin is a material made up of a mixture of different substances, including fine glass and plastic.

2) I need more than one tooth filling. How many fillings can be done at once?

There is not a limit to the amount of fillings that can be done in one appointment, however your doctor may advise you to split up your filling into more than one appointment. If your fillings are in the same place, your dentist may do it in one visit. 

3) Can you eat after a filling?

Composite fillings allow patients to eat right after the procedure is done, however, it is recommended to eat only soft foods that don’t require as much chewing and something that isn’t too sticky right after the procedure.  

4)How are dental fillings done?

Before filling cavities, the dentist will first numb the area that they will be operating on. Once they do this, they will drill the area that contains the decayed tooth. They then replace this area with a filling.  

5) Are dental fillings safe?

Amalgam fillings are safe as a lot of research has been put into them. They have also shown positive long-lasting treatment effects. 

6) Can dental fillings fall out?

Dental fillings aren’t meant to last forever. However, most of the time when they fall out, you will feel little to no pain. One reason that fillings may fall out is because the filling is just worn out . 

7) Do dental fillings need to be replaced?

Dental fillings can last many years, however they could end up needing a replacement. This can be caused by eating and over time grinding or clenching within your teeth. 

8) Will my dental fillings get stained?

Composite fillings can get stained when substances like coffee and wine are consumed. Other fillings, like ceramic fillings, are resistant to staining. 

9) What type of filling material should I get?

There are several types of filling materials. This includes gold, porcelain, and a composite tooth-colored resin. This depends on the location of the cavity, the extent of decay, and your insurance coverage. Your dentist will help you choose the material that is fit for your needs. 

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