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What to Expect During a Tooth Filling Procedure

Uh-oh! You didn’t quite take care of your teeth as well as you could have, and now you have a cavity.

Don’t worry; you’re far from alone. According to a 2015 article from NEWSMAX Health, the majority of Americans, more than 90 percent, have or had a cavity at some point.

Now you need a tooth filling, which can be scary. Before your nerves drive you to cancel your appointment, here’s what to expect during this common dental procedure.

You Won’t Feel It (Really)

One of your biggest concerns about your filling is probably the pain. How much is it going to hurt?

As it turns out, not at all. You will be awake for the procedure, but you won’t feel any of it. That’s because the dentist or an assistant will use a numbing agent on the area.

If you’re scared, you can close your eyes for the duration of the procedure. You won’t feel any pain, though.

A Tooth Filling Can Be Pricey

Fillings aren’t exactly the cheapest treatment, but if you need them, you need them.

Before your appointment, you may want to call your health insurance provider and ensure your fillings are covered under your plan.

To save further money, make sure you choose a dentist within your network.

If you are paying out-of-pocket, it helps to know how much ahead of time. This way, you can budget accordingly.

A composite filling often includes resin as part of its base. Because of that, you could pay up to $240 for one filling.

You may want to opt for amalgam (a type of silver) fillings instead. These are cheaper at a little more than $100 each.

Sometimes You Need Extra Work Done

If you only have a cavity or two, your dentist will do the fillings and send you home.

That said, if your oral hygiene issues date back further, the dentist may recommend other procedures to improve the state of your teeth.

If the tooth’s root has an infection or has died, the tooth needs to come out. This is a procedure known as a root canal.

Then there are instances in which a filling isn’t enough to save the tooth. Instead, it needs more support. The dentist will likely fit you for dental bridges or dental crowns.

Future Cavities Are Totally Preventable

Phew! It’s all over now. You got your filling (and maybe another dental procedure) and you’re on your way home.

How do you take care of your teeth in the future to avoid having to get another filling?

Dental experts recommend the following practices every day:

  • Reduce sugary drinks and foods
  • Use fluoride mouthwash
  • Get teeth cleanings at the dentist at least annually
  • Use an interdental cleaner or floss
  • Twice each day, brush your teeth thoroughly
  • Buy a fluoride toothpaste for extra protection

Do you need a tooth filling? Come see us at Pacific Beach Smile Studio in San Diego, California.

We offer services like Invisalign, teeth cleaning, veneers, crowns, dental implants, and fillings. Contact us today to learn more.


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San Diego, CA 92109

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