Sharon Springs Dental
Family & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Cumming, GA
It’s common to feel nervous about getting a filling, but modern advances in dentistry make this simple procedure quick and painless. Michael C. Friedman, DDS, and the expert team at Sharon Springs Dental perform fillings at their welcoming office in Cumming, Georgia. If your or your child needs fillings, call the office today or request an appointment online.
What are fillings?
Fillings are among the most common dental procedures. The goal of a filling is to treat tooth decay and prevent further damage. If you have cavities, fillings help avoid complications like severe tooth pain and infection. A filling removes decay and seals the cavity, protecting it from infection.
A filling helps prevent severe damage that can lead to a more complicated procedure, such as root canal therapy or an extraction.
How do I know if I need a filling?
The team at Sharon Springs Dental may recommend fillings if they find one or more cavities during your dental exam. Cavities are extremely common, affecting about 92% of Americans ages 20-64.
Symptoms of a cavity include tooth pain or sensitivity, a visible hole in your tooth, and staining on your tooth. If you experience any of these symptoms, call Sharon Springs Dental right away. Their expert team can examine your teeth and take X-rays to confirm a diagnosis and treat your condition.
What should I expect from a filling?
Many people experience anxiety about going to the dentist and getting a cavity filled. At Sharon Springs Dental, you can rest assured knowing you're in the hands of experienced professionals. The expert team uses proper instruments and medications to make fillings as easy and comfortable for you as possible.
They use a local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the surrounding area. Then your dentist uses a small instrument to remove the decay and prepare your tooth for the filling. Depending on the filling material, they may use a special type of light to help it harden. Finally, your dentist polishes the tooth to ensure you can bite comfortably.
What are the different types of fillings?
Depending on your needs, the team at Sharon Springs Dental may recommend one of the following materials for your filling:
- Amalgam (silver)
- Composite resin
- Glass ionomer
Your dentist discusses the pros and cons of various types of fillings with you so you can make an informed decision.
For excellent care in dental fillings, call Sharon Springs Dental or request an appointment online today.