Dental Fillings

Dental fillings provide a way to restore teeth when you are experiencing cavities, tooth decay, chipped teeth or cracked teeth. At Emerald Dental, we specialize in long-lasting, aesthetically friendly fillings and restorations done with compassion and care. Whether you need a dental filling due to decay or trauma, Dr. Stephanie Paswaters and the Emerald Dental team of Colorado will ensure a comfortable, positive experience focused on keeping the affected tooth as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

What is a Dental Filling?

As the name suggests, a filling is something that “fills in” a cavity in one of your teeth. Fillings are important for preserving a healthy mouth because they help to preserve and restore a tooth’s function and structural integrity. When creating fillings for patients, we typically utilize a composite resin shaded white to ensure that the restored area blends naturally with the tooth.

What Are the Benefits of Getting a Dental Filling?

A fairly simple procedure, having a dental filling done can help to stop potentially serious dental issues in their tracks. Having a filling done as soon as decay is detected can help to preserve a tooth while reducing the chances of needing larger, more expensive dental work in the future. In addition to helping to preserve a tooth with escalating decay or damage, a filling can also help to reduce painful tooth sensitivity that is common with enamel loss.

What Happens During a Dental Filling?

First, we administer a local anesthetic that numbs the tooth and surrounding area. Next, we prepare and clean the tooth in need of the filling. This can include removing any damaged areas and cleansing the area of bacteria. We’ll also isolate the tooth using adhesives that block moisture to allow for better bonding. We then apply the filling material. Lastly, we’ll harden the composite material using a specialized light before giving the tooth a final polish!

What Are Some Signs You Need a Dental Filling?

If you’re experiencing any pain or sensitivity in your mouth, it’s time to see a dentist. Taking care of a potential cavity today may save you from major dental problems down the line. Here are some telltale signs that you need a dental filling due to cavities or decay:

  • Toothaches.
  • Tooth sensitivity.
  • Pain when biting.
  • Pain when eating or drinking hot or cold foods and beverages.
  • Pain when eating or drinking something sweet.
  • Holes or pits that can be seen in your teeth.
  • Visible tooth stains.

In most cases, cavities and decay will be spotted during a routine dental visit. This is one of the reasons why booking routine cleanings is so essential for preserving your teeth. Be sure to mention any pain or sensitivity during a cleaning appointment to ensure that the area gets the attention it needs.

Where Can I Get a Dental Filling in Lakewood Colorado?

Emerald Dental is proud to offer the latest and best technology for dental fillings at our Lakewood office. Practicing dentistry in the Lakewood area since 1995, Dr. Stephanie Paswaters specializes in making the process of getting a filling as gentle and relaxing as possible while ensuring that you can enjoy beautiful teeth without allowing any further damage to occur. In addition to offering sedation dentistry, we specialize in services for patients with autism and other special needs. For more information about dental fillings, contact Emerald Dental to book your appointment today!