Dental Fillings

What are Dental Fillings?

A dental filling is a restoration that replaces areas in a tooth that have become decayed. If you have one or more cavities, the decay will be removed and a composite resin (tooth-colored) filling will be put in its place. Fillings are essential for stopping the spread of decay, which can lead to the eventual need for a root canal. They typically last for many years before replacement may be needed.

Why are Dental Fillings needed?

Most often, a filling is needed because you have a cavity. The decay in the tooth is carefully and fully removed before the actual filling is placed. We recommend having fillings placed as soon as a cavity is discovered. This prevents the cavity from getting bigger, requiring a larger filling or a complete root canal.

What Are Dental Fillings
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Why Are Dental Fillings Needed

Who is a good candidate for Dental Fillings?

We will perform an examination to determine if you have a cavity. In some cases, x-rays are needed to further identify areas of decay prior to a filling being done. Fillings can be easily placed for both pediatric and adult teeth. They are essential for stopping the spread of decay and preventing future oral issues.

What happens during the Dental Filling procedure?

A local anesthetic helps to numb the area receiving the filling. We work to remove the decay from the tooth and prep the hole for the new filling. Composite resin is then placed inside this small hole and smoothed out. We cure the filling so that it cannot move or shift out of place. Once the filling is cured, you’re ready to leave the office knowing your tooth is healthy and free of decay. If you have multiple cavities in the same area, we can place several fillings at the same time. This saves you from having to make multiple trips into the office, or forgoing treatment altogether because you have too many fillings to place.

If you think you might need a filling and want to come into the office for an exam, call us today and we can help answer all of your questions.

Who Is A Good Candidate For Dental Fillings

CORONAVIRUS HEALTH UPDATE

Our dear patients,

We hope that this message reaches you well and in good spirits during this trying time. As this global pandemic continues to run its course, we sincerely hope that you are doing your best to take care of yourself physically and mentally. While we are unable to operate business as usual, we are still here for you in cases of emergency. If you find that you are experiencing dental pain, tooth fracture, uncontrolled oral bleeding, and/or extreme sensitivity, please do not hesitate to give us a call at 404-549-2650. We are available for virtual consults or will get you scheduled to come into the office.

Unfortunately, we will be operating in this limited fashion for an uncertain amount of time and will be sure to notify you once it is safe to continue non-emergency treatment. Here, at Brookhaven Dental Group, we have always practiced CDC and OSHA standards of infection and will continue to operate only under their direction.

In the spirit of a line from a poem that China sent to Italy, “We are all waves from the same sea.” Meaning that no matter where you are or how this pandemic may be affecting you, we’re all in it together. The ebb and flow of life right now is not what we’re used to but staying in place is necessary to get us to our new normal quicker.

Thank you to each one of you for being such a vital part of the reason why BDG just celebrated 2 years of being in practice. We’re here when you need us and look forward to seeing you again soon.

Be well,
Dr. Brown

Brookhaven Dental Group
(O): 404-549-2650
www.brookhavendentalgroup.com

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