Questions About Composite Dental Fillings
Composite dental fillings are commonly made of durable substances such as ceramic, glass ionomer, plastic, or a mixture of synthetic resin and glass or quartz, of which the resin option is the most frequently used. If this is your first time receiving fillings, you may want to know more about the process. Here are some commonly asked questions about composite dental fillings from our patients.
Questions About Composite Dental Fillings | How Long Do Fillings Last?
Fillings will last for quite some time. The material used in fillings is strong and once it has been bonded to a tooth, the filling will remain in place for years. The exact length of time that a filling will last depends mostly on its location on the tooth. If the filling is at the gum line or the very edge of a tooth, it might not last as long as it would if it were on a flat surface.
Questions About Composite Dental Fillings | Will I Be in Pain After a Filling?
Once a filling is done, there is usually no pain. If the cavity was deep and near a nerve, there is a chance that the nerve could react, and you may have pain afterwards. If the pain persists, you should notify your dentist as soon as you can.
Questions About Composite Dental Fillings | What are the Types of Fillings?
An indirect filling is when a dentist takes an impression of a tooth, the filling is cast, and the filling is then cemented into the tooth. There are temporary fillings, but “temporary” is the operative word. These fillings are recommended only for when you are waiting on a more permanent option to be installed at a later point.
If you have questions about composite dental fillings, or would like to schedule a regular check-up, please contact our Buffalo dental office and schedule an appointment today.