Dental fillings in GREENVILLE, SC

What Are Dental Fillings?

A filling is a special material used to fill a hole in a tooth that’s been caused by a cavity or dental trauma. When a cavity is present in a tooth, the decay needs to be drilled out to prevent infection and even tooth loss. 

Fillings are minimally-invasive restorative treatments that prevent the need for more lengthy, costly, and invasive treatment. A filling preserves the natural existing structure of the tooth and replaces the portion of the tooth that we have to drill out to prevent the decay from spreading. A filling will restore your smile, tooth structure, and tooth function. Contact us at Ladd Family Dental to schedule a consultation.

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Composite fillings are suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women.

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The Dental Filling Process

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Dr. Ladd will carefully examine your tooth and take x-rays to spot how deep the decay has spread and how large a cavity or hole is. This will help us determine if a filling is suitable or if you will require additional treatment.

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Pain Relief

By administering a local anesthetic, we numb your mouth and prevent any discomfort or pain during the procedure.

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Using a dental drill or burr, we will remove the decayed portion of the tooth.

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Filling Application

After etching the tooth with an acidic gel to help the bonding agent stick, we will apply the composite resin filling and mold it to the tooth

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UV Light

By exposing the filling to UV light, the filling cures and hardens. Then, additional shaping can commence.

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Composite resin is the same tooth-colored biocompatible material used in dental bonding to change the cosmetic appearance of the teeth. These aesthetic fillings blend in with your natural teeth which is why they have become preferable to the old-style silver amalgam fillings which would cause cosmetic issues with the smile. In addition to that, composite fillings also allow us to preserve more of the natural tooth structure, they harden instantly, and they’re free from metal and mercury.

Did you know…

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Since composite fillings don’t contain metal, they are suitable for patients with metal allergies.

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What Causes Cavities?

A cavity is caused by existing bacteria in the mouth feeding off of left-behind food particles – specifically sugar, and converting them into acids that attack the tooth enamel. Over time, this forms a cavity or a hole in the tooth which is why it’s important to avoid excessive sugar, acidity, and frequent snacking. Fluoride can also strengthen the enamel to make your teeth more resistant to acid attacks.

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Do Dental Fillings Hurt?

No, a dental filling is completely painless because we use anesthetic to numb your mouth. The most you will feel is some pressure or sensation of moving dental tools, but you shouldn’t feel any pain. If you still feel nervous about getting a filling, we can offer you dental sedation so you feel super relaxed.

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How Long Does a Dental Filling Last?

A composite filling lasts for about 5 to 7 years on average but they can last for at least 10 years with proper care. It largely depends on your lifestyle, oral hygiene, and the location of the fillings. 

Fillings in the rear teeth degrade faster because they need to withstand more chewing forces than the front teeth. You should also invest in a mouthguard if you grind your teeth. As long as you avoid sources of wear and tear and staining and practice good oral hygiene, your fillings will last for many years.

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What are dental fillings and why might I need one?

Dental fillings are a common dental procedure performed by Dr. Parke Ladd at Ladd Family Dental in Greenville, SC. They are used to repair teeth that have been damaged due to tooth decay or cavities. When a tooth is decayed, it can cause discomfort, and pain, and if left untreated, can lead to more serious dental issues. During a dental filling procedure, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed and the area is then filled with a material that helps to restore the tooth’s shape and function.

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What types of dental fillings are available at Ladd Family Dental?

At Ladd Family Dental, we offer a variety of dental filling options to cater to the diverse needs of our patients. The type of filling used will depend on the extent of the repair, the location of the tooth, and your personal preference.

We offer amalgam fillings, which are durable and cost-effective, making them a good choice for large cavities or those in the back teeth. We also offer composite fillings, which are tooth-colored and can be closely matched to the color of your existing teeth, making them a more aesthetically pleasing option. Additionally, we offer porcelain fillings, which are highly durable and resistant to wear. Dr. Parke Ladd will discuss the best options for your particular case during your consultation.

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What can I expect during and after the dental filling procedure at Ladd Family Dental?

When you come in for a dental filling at Ladd Family Dental, Dr. Parke Ladd will first numb the area around the tooth to ensure your comfort during the procedure. He will then remove the decayed portion of the tooth and clean the area thoroughly. Once the tooth is prepared, the filling material will be applied and shaped to match the contour of your tooth. The filling is then hardened, and any final adjustments are made to ensure a proper fit and bite. 

After the procedure, it’s normal to experience some sensitivity in the filled tooth, but this should subside within a few days. You can continue your regular oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing. Regular check-ups with Dr. Parke Ladd are also recommended to ensure the longevity of your filling and the overall health of your teeth.

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Can I eat and drink normally after getting a dental filling?

After getting a dental filling, you can generally resume your regular eating and drinking habits. However, it's advisable to be cautious immediately after the procedure, especially while the anesthesia is wearing off. During this period, it's recommended to avoid extremely hot or cold foods to prevent any discomfort or sensitivity. Opting for softer foods in the first few hours, such as yogurt, smoothies, or soup, can be gentler on the newly filled tooth.

Additionally, it's wise to steer clear of sticky or hard foods initially to minimize the risk of damaging the filling. Maintaining good oral hygiene with gentle brushing and flossing around the filled tooth is crucial for its care. If you experience any persistent discomfort or sensitivity, get in touch with our team for guidance.

Did you know…

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Health-conscious patients prefer composite fillings because they do not contain mercury. While the ADA advises the levels of mercury in amalgam fillings are perfectly safe, they are unsuitable for certain demographics like young children.

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