When your oral health is compromised, your overall health is put in jeopardy as well. For this reason, it’s important to visit the dentist twice a year to prevent common dental concerns from occurring and treat them earlier rather than later, including tooth decay. White dental fillings are a great restorative dental treatment to improve the health of your smile without taking away from its natural beauty. Here’s what you should know about how white dental fillings could benefit you before scheduling your next appointment at Walnut Creek Dental.

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Overview of Dental Fillings

Cavities occur when bacteria and food particles that aren’t brushed away permanently damage your teeth by leaving behind tiny holes that can grow larger over time. Cavities, also known as caries or tooth decay, won’t go away on their own. They must be treated by a dentist; if they’re not, they can become more painful, spread infection to other areas of your mouth or body, and even lead to tooth loss. Luckily, treating cavities is a simple process. With composite dental fillings, you can have your cavities resolved quickly and easily.

Cavity Treatment Process

Here’s what you can expect during your cavity treatment process at Walnut Creek Dental:

  •     The dentist will carefully numb the surrounding area of the infected tooth with a local anesthetic.
  •     Then, he will remove the decay from the inside of the tooth.
  •     Using tooth-colored composite material, the dentist will fill the empty hole left behind from the cavity. 
  •     He’ll use a special LED light to hadron the composite material quickly.

It’s common for cavities to be painful prior to having them filled, however, the cavity treatment process should be virtually painless. If you experience discomfort during your cavity treatment, please let our dental team know right away.

The length of your cavity filling treatment will depend on how many teeth you’re having filled. For most patients, a cavity filling appointment takes anywhere from 30 minutes to one hour.

How Long Do White Fillings Last?

The lifetime of your composite fillings will depend on how well you care for them. With excellent oral hygiene habits, it’s common for white fillings to last as long as a decade.

How Can You Prevent Cavities?

While tooth decay is among the most common dental concerns, the good news is that cavities can usually be avoided. Here are some practical tips to keep your teeth healthy and cavity-free:

  •     Brush your teeth twice a day
  •     Floss and use mouthwash daily
  •     Limit your consumption of sweets and foods that are hard to remove from the crevices of your teeth, such as candy
  •     Visit the dentist every six months for routine dental exams and professional cleanings
  •     Don’t smoke
  •     Have dental sealants or a fluoride treatment for added protection

 

Dental Filling Cost

Most dental insurance policies cover dental fillings. To learn more about what your particular dental insurance plan includes, please contact our Groveport dental office.

Restore Your Smile at Walnut Creek Dental with White Fillings

If you can’t remember the last time you went to the dentist, now is the time to make your oral health a priority once again. Visiting the dentist for regular check-ups is a simple step you can take to prevent minor oral health concerns, such as cavities, from progressing into more complicated ones. At Walnut Creek Dental, our compassionate team is committed to providing you and your family exceptional dental care in a convenient, comfortable setting. Contact us today to schedule your bi-annual dental exam and professional cleaning. We can’t wait to show you how easy maintaining a healthy, beautiful smile for life can be!