At Skylyn Dental Associates, we use composite resin tooth-colored fillings to treat teeth affected with cavities. Our Spartanburg team will first administer local anesthesia so you don’t feel any pain and will remove decay from your tooth with a dental drill before refilling the structure of the tooth with a composite resin filling.
Because these fillings match the natural color of your teeth, no one will be able to tell which teeth are filled and which aren’t so you don’t have to worry about outdated silver fillings located at the front of your mouth. We prefer to use composite resin fillings for this cosmetic reason and because they don’t contain mercury.
These filings are also cured with a special blue light that instantly hardens the fillings and allows you to eat right away, unlike amalgam fillings which take 24 hours to harden. You’ll only have to wait for the anesthetic to wear off so you don’t accidentally injure your mouth.
No, dental fillings are not painful. The only aspect of the procedure that could be painful would be the use of dental drills to remove tooth decay, but we ensure the procedure will be pain-free because we will provide you with a local numbing agent.
While you may be able to feel sensations around the tooth and gums such as pressure, you won’t feel any pain. The local anesthesia will take a few hours to wear off so you mustn’t eat any food or drink hot liquids until your mouth is no longer numb.
If you try to eat while your mouth is numb, you could easily bite down on your tongue or soft tissue without realizing it. Once the anesthesia has worn off, you likely won’t experience significant pain aside from mild sensitivity or soreness which can be relieved with the use of pain relief medication and will dissipate within 1-2 days.
Composite resin fillings are incredibly strong and last for 7-10 years or longer. The best way to increase the longevity of your fillings is to take good care of your teeth by practicing good oral hygiene, attending regular dental visits, and eating a healthy diet.
You should also avoid harmful practices that damage your teeth such as smoking, using your teeth as tools, or biting down or hard foods, such as ice, which can wear down your fillings over time. Coffee, wine, and highly pigmented foods can stain your natural teeth as well as your fillings so you may want to limit your consumption of these staining foods and drinks.
Brush your teeth twice a day with a fluoridated toothpaste for at least two minutes and floss once every day to reduce your risk of tooth decay and gum disease and keep your fillings in good condition. Wear a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night because excess pressure on your teeth can not only damage your fillings but can also crack your natural teeth.
Dental fillings are the most effective treatment for cavities as once you have developed a cavity it needs to be cut out and the missing structure of the tooth needs to be restored. If you need a filling, contact us at Skylyn Dental Associates to schedule an appointment with Dr. Paul Gibas today.