Amherst Dentist Providing Affordable Tooth Fillings in Buffalo, NY
If you are experiencing oral pain, or sensitivity to hot or cold foods, you may require a tooth filling to help repair the broken, chipped or cracked tooth. If you’ve never experienced tooth fillings, you may be wondering how the process works, especially in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Douglas Hamill has helped countless WNY residents repair their teeth with affordable tooth fillings, and he can help you too! Don’t suffer from a painful tooth, get relief today. Schedule a free consultation today and let his 20+ years of experience work for you.
How Are Cavities Filled?
Tooth fillings vary according to the size of the cavity. If you have a large cavity, we will administer local anesthesia, drill out the cavity, place a dentine bonding agent in the space, insert the white composite filling, and harden the tooth filling with UV light. This procedure is typically smooth, simple and pain-free. The cost of a cavity filling depends on how many surfaces of the tooth the cavity covers. Generally, the cost ranges from $100 to $200 at our office and can be performed in a simple procedure with a single visit.
Nowadays, most tooth fillings are made from a composite, synthetic resin. There are many companies that manufacture this material, and due to its popularity, cost efficiency, and versatility, we use composite resin as a filling material in all our dental procedures. There has been much debate about the safety and usefulness of mercury amalgam fillings (the silver fillings often used in the past), another trendy option. There is no scientific consensus on the matter, but nevertheless, our office has not used amalgam mercury filling in over 10 years. We find that patients prefer the composite fillings due to them closely matching their natural teeth, so oftentimes nobody even knows you have a filling in place.
How Long Do Tooth FIllings Last
Tooth fillings will last for an extended period of time. The material used in fillings is extremely 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, and how well it is cared for after the procedure has been performed. 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. However, regular brushing, flossing and oral healthcare will help extend the time your tooth filling will last.
Are Tooth Fillings Painful?
Once a cavity is filled and during the procedure, 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 and we will likely be able to give you something to help cope with the pain until it subsides. However, the vast majority of tooth fillings we perform at our office have little to no pain associated with them.
At Douglas Hamill DDS, we offer several types of tooth fillings depending on the patients needs. 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. No matter what type of cavity filling you require, we can help relieve your pain and return your function so you can go about your day pain-free.
If you or someone you love is dealing with oral pain, schedule a free consultation with our Amherst dentist to assess your tooth and get to the root of the problem. We offer flexible financing options and participate with a large variety of dental insurance companies.
Due to COVID-19, we have revised our treatment protocols and offer enhanced safety measures for both our patients and staff. Your safety is our top priority and we assure you we have measures in place to ensure your safety during treatment at our office. Contact us today and let Dr. Douglas Hamill’s 20+ years of experience work for you.
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