Tooth Fillings In Clearwater, FL
Dental fillings are used to fill a hole in a tooth due to tooth decay. This procedure removes the decay that is currently present and prevents further damage, pain, and infection to the affected tooth.
This is the most affordable dental restoration, which is why prompt treatment is critical before the decay worsens, requiring extensive treatment. There are several different materials used in tooth fillings including metal, composite resin, and porcelain.
You can expect some minor discomfort following the procedure, which should resolve on its own within a few days. If you have significant pain or the pain does not resolve, it warrants an emergency visit to the dentist.
Here’s what you need to know about tooth fillings at Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Clearwater.
Why Choose Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry In Clearwater For Dental Fillings
Dr. Craig Baker at Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in Clearwater is passionate about patient care. He believes that patients should understand their procedures and will work with you to ensure that you are comfortable with your treatment options before moving forward. You are more than just a patient at Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry- you are part of the family.
Types of Tooth Fillings
Dental fillings may be made of:
- Silver amalgam
- Composite resin
Each option has its advantages and disadvantages. Dr. Baker will explain your options and help you understand which one is right for you.
The location and severity of the decay/damage, the cost of the material, and insurance coverage, along with the preference of the dentist, may have an impact on the type of filling that you get.
Who is the Right Candidate for Tooth Fillings?
Dental fillings are for patients who require a minor restoration. If the tooth is severely infected, root canal treatment and a dental crown will often be recommended instead. If the tooth is severely damaged/decayed, an inlay/onlay or dental crown may be offered depending on the extent of the damage.
Average Cost Of Tooth Fillings In Florida
The cost of tooth fillings varies based on the type and size of the filling, location of the tooth, experience and expertise of the dentist, location of the clinic, and dental insurance coverage.
The average cost of tooth fillings in Florida without insurance is around $200 to $600- but can range from around $50 to $4,500. If you do not have insurance or your insurance provider does not cover this procedure, we have financing options to make it more affordable.
Benefits of Tooth Fillings
Tooth fillings offer several benefits:
- Stops the spread of tooth decay
- Strengthens the natural tooth
- Quick and easy procedure compared to other options
- Cost-effective compared to other options
- Tooth-colored fillings can be matched to the color of the tooth, making it virtually invisible
Tooth Filling Procedure
A tooth filling is an in-office procedure that usually takes about 20 minutes to an hour depending on the size and extent of the decay. There are several steps involved in the process:
The first step is the exam, which will include imaging, to determine the location, size, and extent of the decay/damage.
Typically, this procedure is done using local anesthesia. However, sedation options or general anesthesia may be offered for pediatric patients and those who are anxious about dental work.
Removal of Decay
A dental drill, laser, and other tools may be used to remove the decay from the affected tooth. While you may feel some vibrations from the tools and they may be noisy, you should not feel any pain due to the anesthesia. The dentist will use hand tools to make sure all of the decay has been removed.
Disinfecting the Tooth
Once all of the decay has been removed, the tooth will be disinfected to eliminate any additional bacteria.
Filling the Tooth
The dentist will shape the hole to best fit the dental filling material. Then, the chosen material will be placed in the tooth for the best fit. Then, the area will be cured.
Shaping the Restoration
Finally, the dentist will check your bite and will shape the restoration as needed to avoid any bite misalignments.
In some cases, you may need to return in a few days to ensure that the tooth filling is sitting properly in the tooth and there are no additional issues.
Aftercare and Maintenance
Aftercare following dental fillings include:
- Do not eat until the anesthesia has worn off
- Taking antibiotics and pain medications as prescribed
- Rinsing with warm saltwater
- Avoid smoking and other tobacco products
- Avoid overly hot/cold foods and beverages
- Chew carefully and slowly
- Avoid sugary, hard, or sticky foods
To properly maintain and care for your dental fillings, you must practice proper oral hygiene. This includes:
- Brushing twice daily with fluoride toothpaste
- Flossing at least once daily
- Visiting the dentist every 6 months (or more) for an exam and cleaning
Schedule Your Dental Filling Procedure At Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry
If you have a cavity, schedule your dental filling procedure at Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry. Dr. Baker offers patient-centered care to patients of all ages. He can help you get your smile back with a variety of dental services.
We are located on Icot Boulevard in Clearwater. Our office hours are Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM, and Friday by appointment only. Schedule your visit today.
Dental Fillings FAQs
If you have questions about dental fillings at Baker Cosmetic & Family Dentistry, Dr. Baker will be happy to discuss those with you. Below are some of the most common questions that we’ve gotten from our patients:
The size of the hole that can be filled with a dental filling depends on the extent of the decay/damage. Dental fillings are best used on small to medium holes in teeth due to decay/damage. A giant hole is best treated with an onlay/overlay or a dental crown.
Typically, dental fillings last about 10 years. However, this may vary depending on oral hygiene habits, the dental filling material, lifestyle habits, and more.
Yes, you can eat after getting a dental filling. However, it is recommended that you wait until the anesthesia wears off. If you try to eat while your mouth is still numb, you may bite your lip, cheek, or tongue.
Most patients experience mild tooth pain for a few days after getting a tooth filling. In most cases, it can be controlled with OTC pain relievers and other at-home treatments. If the pain is severe or persists after 2 to 3 days, schedule an emergency dental visit.
Yes, it is possible for a tooth with a filling to get a cavity. This can happen if the filling is not seated properly in the tooth, allowing bacteria to get under it.
The extent of the damage will determine whether it’s best to get a dental crown or a dental filling. Larger holes and extensive damage are best treated with a dental crown or an inlay/onlay.