Fillings

Brushing and flossing regularly are important for keeping the teeth clean of plaque buildup. This substance contains harmful bacteria that produce acids that attack the tooth enamel, which can break down over time and form a hole called a cavity. To prevent the cavity from causing serious damage to the tooth, such as an abscess (infection), it will require a filling to treat it. At Burch Dental in Loves Park and Rockford, we offer composite fillings to restore your tooth to health.

What is a filling?

The composite fillings used at Burch Dental are typically made of powdered glass and acrylic resin. They can effectively treat small to mid-size cavities, providing good durability over time. They can withstand moderate pressure during chewing and, because the material is tooth-colored, they blend in well with the surrounding teeth to create a more natural-looking restoration.

Uses for Fillings

In addition to treating cavities, dental fillings may be used when a tooth has been affected by trauma, such as after an accident, or to ease tooth sensitivity.

Procedure

Dental fillings are one of the most common dental procedures. To begin, the tooth will first be numbed to minimize any pain or discomfort. It will have the decay removed and then be cleaned. Once the space is thoroughly clean, the filling material will be placed in layers. Each layer will be hardened with a special curing light to strengthen the filling. After all the layers have been applied, your dentist at Burch Dental will shape the filling to fit with the rest of the teeth. He or she will check your bite before trimming off excess material and polishing the filling.

Aftercare

Following your procedure, your mouth will be numb for a few hours. You may experience some pain or tooth sensitivity on the treated tooth and/or the surrounding areas, but this should subside after a week or two. If not, contact your dentist, as the filling may need retreatment.

If you have developed tooth decay in the form of a cavity in Loves Park and Rockford, it can be successfully treated with a dental filling at Burch Dental. The key is to have it treated promptly to avoid complications.

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