Traditional dental restoratives, or fillings, may include gold, porcelain, and composite. Newer dental fillings include ceramic and plastic compounds that mimic the appearance of natural teeth. These compounds, often called composite resins, usually are used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. There are two different kinds of fillings: direct and indirect. Direct fillings are placed directly into a prepared cavity in a single visit. Indirect fillings generally require two or more visits. They include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns, and bridges fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics, or composites.
Filling Cavities: What to Expect
You should expect the procedure to take about an hour. This gives your dentist enough time to take x-rays if needed, talk to you about the procedure and complete the dental work. Before filling cavities, your dentist will numb your teeth, gums and surrounding skin to avoid and lessen discomfort during the procedure. Next, your dentist will drill out the decay in the tooth and replace it with a filling. This process only takes a few minutes and multiple teeth can be done in one visit. Once you’re done, your mouth will probably remain numb for a few more hours.
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J.C. Duncan Family Dentistry
103 Commerce Center Drive Suite 101
Huntersville, NC 28078
Phone: (704) 948-1300