I'm Getting My First Filling. What Do I Need to Know?

I'm Getting My First Filling. What Do I Need to Know?

So you’re getting your first filling. Rest assured that you’re not alone. In fact, the majority of American adults (over 90%) have at least one cavity according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Getting prompt treatment for a cavity is important to protect your oral health and prevent possible complications from advanced tooth decay. 

Our dentists Dr. Elizabeth Abrams, Dr. Michael Abrams, and our team at Manhasset Dental Arts offer a range of general and cosmetic dentistry services for the entire family at our office in Manhasset, New York.

What to know about your first dental filling

Fillings are incredibly common for people of all ages. Depending on the size and location of your cavity, the process involves a few steps and is typically completed in a single appointment.

While fillings are generally less invasive than other dental treatments, they usually involve some drilling to remove the cavity and fully clean out your tooth. You can expect a topical numbing treatment on your gums and localized anesthesia to keep you comfortable and minimize discomfort during your treatment.

Once the cavity is removed and your tooth is ready, it’s filled and sealed with an enamel-colored material that closely matches the rest of your teeth for a natural-looking finish. 

Most fillings are made of composite resin, which is a combination of plastic and glass materials. There are other materials available for fillings, including ceramic and porcelain fused to metal.

Once the filling is in place, your dentist may adjust it so that it perfectly fits and adjusts to your bite.

It may take a few hours after your filling for the anesthetic to fully wear off, so you may have to wait to eat and drink normally after your appointment. Some people may also temporarily experience some sensitivity after a filling.

Everyone is different, but with good oral hygiene and dental care, a typical filling can last as long as ten years or longer.

How to protect yourself from tooth decay 

Cavities happen to just about everyone, and fillings are the best treatment available to save your tooth from further decay. However, prevention is the best way to protect yourself from tooth decay, gum disease, and other oral health issues.

Here’s what you can do to keep your teeth and gums healthy:

While cavities can cause pain, tooth sensitivity, and other symptoms, it’s possible to not experience any symptoms at first. If you haven’t seen us in more than six months for a dental exam, book an appointment as soon as possible.

For more information about cavity prevention and treatment, contact us at Manhasset Dental Arts today to schedule an appointment.

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