Dental fillings are placed to address a bacterial infection in or around a tooth that has led to decay of tooth structure. Also known as tooth cavities, dental caries should be treated as soon as possible to avoid more complex problems and tooth loss. Park Dental is a family dentist office in Hilliard, OH offering complete general dental services for the long term maintenance of your smile.
Dental fillings can play an important role in restoring and maintaining the stability of your smile. Dr. Patel places all types of dental fillings depending on your specific needs but will recommend a white filling when appropriate. Composite or “white fillings” are made to match tooth color and provide a lasting result that can offer superior protection from future infection and decay.
Replacing old dark fillings with white fillings can provide an instant smile makeover and improve the stability of your smile. Dr. Patel can evaluate your existing fillings and replace those that are leaking or visible when smiling.
Dental fillings: About the process
The dental filling process is completed in one visit and most patients are kept comfortable with a local anesthetic to numb the area. Park Dental offers sedation dentistry for anxious and fearful patients or anyone who may need several fillings. We will discuss your needs prior to treatment and make every effort to ensure that you feel relaxed and confident in your dental care.
The first step is to clean and prepare the area. Dr. Patel will gently remove the decayed or damaged tooth structure or tissue. The next step is to place the filling material and sculpt it into place for a comfortable bite and natural appearance. Once this is complete the material is cured with a handheld light and polished for a smooth texture. A dental filling is designed to last for many years with good oral hygiene and routine dental care where we can monitor the condition of the tooth.
Are dental fillings covered by dental insurance?
Most dental insurance policies will cover at least part of the cost of a dental filling. Our office will work with you to determine your benefits and your portion of the cost. We also offer an in-office dental plan for budgeting dental care expenses. The Park Dental Plan is available for individuals and families- for more information please contact our office.