After the filling is cleaned, Dr. Shim will place the filling into the hole and mold it to the tooth and surrounding teeth. If you received a composite filling, it will then be cured by a UV light to chemically bond it to the tooth. Your mouth will most likely feel numb for a few hours after the treatment, but that should be the extent of the discomfort. Your tooth will now be stronger and more resilient than it was before!
Depending on what kind of filling you originally received, you might need to get it replaced every so often. As noted above, some fillings last longer than others, so regular visits to Corner Dentistry will help Dr. Shim keep an eye on your current fillings to asses if and when they need to be replaced. Proper care and maintenance will help your fillings last as long as possible, but daily wear and tear can shorten their lifetime, particularly if you grind or clench your teeth.
Regular appointments with Dr. Shim is the best way to determine if you need a filling replaced, but if you notice any cracks or worn areas, they should be replaced as soon as possible. When cracked fillings are left untreated, it can result in the tooth cracking or additional decay developing around the filling. When this happens, a crown is usually the best option to ensure the area of damage is fully addressed and restored.
Dental Filling Services in Phoenix
Whether you think your tooth might be infected or you need a filling replaced, Corner Dentistry will be able to assess the best course of action for your specific case. With over a decade of experience, we’ll ensure the comfort and oral health of our patients before, during, and after their procedure.