Do you have tooth decay that needs to be repaired? Dr. John McAllister may recommend a dental filling in Hickory, North Carolina, to restore your tooth. Our dentist will remove the decay and then fill the area with the dental filling material.
What is a composite filling?
Composite fillings are tooth colored, durable fillings. They can be placed in either the front or the back teeth. Composites are a popular choice for people who prefer that their fillings look natural.
What are the benefits of composite dental fillings?
Composite dental fillings are very aesthetic. This is because they can be very closely matched to the color of your existing teeth. Composite dental filling material is versatile and can also be used to repair chipped, broken, or worn down teeth. Tooth-colored dental fillings do not require as much tooth preparation as other filling materials. Because of this, you can keep more of your natural tooth structure. Composite dental fillings chemically bond to the tooth, which provides further support.
Does dental insurance cover the cost of composite fillings?
Most dental insurance plans will cover the cost of a composite filling up to the price of a silver filling. The patient is required to pay the difference.
How is a dental filling placed?
Before placing a dental filling, our dentist will numb the area around the tooth to ensure your comfort. Our dentist will remove the tooth decay. The area will then be tested and probed to make sure that all of the decay has been removed. Then the area will be cleaned of bacteria and debris. Dr. John McAllister will then place your composite (tooth-colored) dental filling in layers. A curing light will be used to harden each layer as it is placed. Once all of the layers are in place, the material will be trimmed, shaped, and polished.
How should I care for a tooth with a dental filling?
Continue to practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing daily and visiting McAllister Dentistry for cleanings. If you ever notice a crack or chip in a filling, or if you feel a sharp edge, call our office for an appointment.
We welcome you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next visit.