Cavity Fillings

A Smile 4U

Dentists located in Cartersville, Dalton, East Point, Hiram, and Decatur, GA, and Oxford, MI

If you or your child has tooth decay, getting the proper treatment can prevent further decay and permanent tooth loss in some cases. At A Smile 4 U in Cartersville, Dalton, East Point, Hiram, and Decatur, Georgia, and Oxford, Mississippi, the expert dental team offers tooth-colored cavity fillings to restore decaying teeth. Call the A Smile 4 U office nearest you or book an appointment online at the first sign of tooth pain, pitting, discoloration, or sensitivity.

Cavity Fillings Q & A

What are cavity fillings?

Fillings are dental restorations used to treat your cavity, strengthen your tooth, or prevent further tooth decay. Tooth-colored fillings blend in with the color of your natural teeth and aren’t noticeable. You may need a filling to repair a small- or medium-sized cavity. About 92% of adults ages 20-64 have had a cavity.

What are the benefits of cavity fillings?

The many benefits associated with cavity fillings include:

  • Restored teeth
  • Stronger teeth
  • A reduced risk of decay
  • No pain
  • No downtime
  • Long-lasting results

A Smile 4 U is a mercury-free practice. The dental team can replace silver fillings with tooth-colored cavity fillings to improve the appearance of your teeth and smile.

Early detection and treatment of cavities is the best way to avoid costly dental complications. See the A Smile 4 U team at the first sign of a cavity. 

Signs that can indicate you or your child has decay include tooth sensitivity, discomfort, tooth discoloration, a visible hole in your tooth, hot and cold sensitivity, or pain with chewing.

Are cavity fillings right for me?

To find out if you’re a candidate for cavity fillings at A Smile 4 U, your provider evaluates your teeth and gums, discusses your oral health history and symptoms, and reviews the results of your dental X-rays. 

Depending on how severe your cavity is, you may be a candidate for other types of tooth decay treatments. Examples include fluoride applications, dental bonding, inlays, onlays, crowns, root canals, or tooth extraction in severe cases.

What happens when getting a cavity filled?

When getting a cavity filled, your dentist may first numb the treatment area so you can avoid discomfort. They remove tooth decay using a drill, laser, or other specialized dental tools and sterilize the treatment area. Your specialist uses dental materials to fill in the empty hole left by decay. They may use a special blue light to harden the filling before polishing your teeth.

Filling procedures often last 20-60 minutes, depending on the severity of tooth decay you have and the size of your filling.

What should I expect after getting a filling?

Your tooth might feel a little sensitive for a short time after receiving a filling. There’s no downtime after the procedure but your dentist might recommend you avoid very cold or very hot foods and drinks for a day or two.

Care for your new filling and teeth by brushing them after meals with fluoride toothpaste, flossing every day, and not chewing on hard objects or opening packages with your teeth. Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables but low in added sugar, and see the A Smile 4 U team at least every six months for dental cleanings and exams.

At the first sign of a cavity, turn to the experts at A Smile 4 U. Call the office nearest you to schedule an appointment or book online today to find out if cavity fillings are right for you.