Amalgam And Metal-Free Tooth Fillings
Dr. Thomas J. Feder, DDS: Dental Fillings | Tooth Fillings in Belleville, IL
You may not realize it, but more than 90 percent of adults over the age of 40 have cavities. Decay is a very common dental problem that can go unnoticed at home. This percentage means that chances are good you will need dental fillings or tooth fillings at some point in your life. When that time comes, you can trust the office of Thomas J. Feder, DDS, PC to treat your cavities painlessly and efficiently.
Our Belleville dental office will painlessly numb the area of your mouth using our advanced Vibraject system. We will then remove any decayed portion of your tooth and fill the area with either amalgam or composite resin.
If you experience any anxiety over the tooth fillings procedure, we also have nitrous oxide (laughing gas) available. We can help you feel comfortable and take the edge off your nerves. Learn more about how we can relieve your dental anxiety by visiting our service page.
Types of Fillings
Amalgam is a blend of different metals which has been in use for more than 150 years. It is tried, true, safe, and strong. We believe this is the most effective way to repair a cavity and is highly recommended for tooth fillings near the back of your mouth. It is also the most cost-effective solution. In fact, Dr. Feder even has a few himself!
We also offer composite tooth fillings for those who want a less noticeable filling. Composite is a blend of plastics and glass that mimics the appearance of your natural teeth. This filling material option is a little more costly than amalgam fillings, but the difference may be worth it to you if you are looking for good aesthetics. If you need a filling on a front tooth, a composite is a great way to fix your cavities and maintain a beautiful, healthy smile!
The Procedure and Recovery
Placing a dental filling is very simple. We first clean the cavity of any decay and then place and secure the material of choice. There are slight differences in the process between the two types of materials used, but that’s pretty much it. It really is quick and simple – no pain, stress, or discomfort required.
The recovery period for dental fillings is minimal. After the procedure, you will be able to eat normally, though you may have some temperature sensitivity at first. This normally passes within a few days, and most people with tooth fillings do not have any lasting sensitivity.
If you are having tooth pain or sensitivity, it might be a cavity! Don’t wait to give us a call. Treating a cavity early is key to preventing larger instances of decay.
Make An Appointment
If you think you may have a cavity or simply have not been examined in a while, please contact our office to schedule an appointment for tooth fillings in Belleville, IL. Call us today at 618‑235‑5141 or send us a message using our online contact form. Our team will assist you in finding a suitable date and time for your visit. We will be happy to help you take care of the problem right away!
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