Frequently Asked Questions
What material is used for dental fillings?
Dental fillings are made from a variety of materials, including amalgams (metal mixtures), composite-resin, gold alloys, glass ionomer, and ceramic. Each type of material has a different cost, esthetic appeal, purpose, and level of durability that will need to be taken into account during the decision-making process. Once our Champions Dental team has determined that a dental filling is right for you, we’ll go over each material to help you determine which is best suited to meet your needs.
What is the most common type of filling?
Though each material type has its own advantages in terms of durability, cost, and appearance, the most common material is composite. Made from a plastic compound, this resin material is one of the more economical options that boasts the advantage of blending in with your natural teeth.
How can I determine which filling type is right for me?
Each type of filling has its own advantages and characteristics that make it appealing. Upon determining that a dental filling is right for you, our Champions Dental team will provide more detailed insight on the cost, level of durability, and function of each material and will help you decide which is best suited for you.
Can dental fillings be used for cavity treatment?
Yes, dental fillings are a common, non-invasive solution used for cavity treatment. A cavity is tooth decay brought on by numerous factors such as bacteria, poor oral hygiene, frequent snacking, or a diet high in sugar. When a filling is used to treat a cavity, the damaged, decayed part of the tooth is removed and replaced with a durable material (filling) in order to stop the cavity in its tracks and prevent deeper deterioration. The restorative nature of the dental filling allows the patient to regain the function and integrity of the tooth.
How much do dental fillings cost?
The cost of a dental filling depends on the extent and depth of the damaged tooth as well as the type of damage. For example, a dental filling for a chipped or broken tooth will cost differently than a filling used to treat a cavity. The material you choose for your dental filling with also play a factor in determining the cost of the procedure.
Are dental fillings covered by insurance?
Many dental insurance plans will cover the cost of a dental filling when used as a treatment for cavities. Having said that, this will ultimately be determined by your insurance plan and benefits offered.
Are dental fillings painful?
During your tooth filling procedure, a local anesthetic will be applied to the area surrounding the damaged tooth. This will prevent any pain felt during the procedure. Following treatment, you may experience soreness or increased sensitivity, however, this will quickly subside. Our Champions Dental team is dedicated to providing you with an attentive and supportive dental experience, so we will offer care instructions and tips to maximize your comfort post-procedure.
How do I take care of my dental fillings?
Your dental filling is designed to restore the health and strength of your tooth. In order to enhance the life of your filling, it’s important to prioritize proper oral hygiene. Daily brushing, flossing, and a nutritious diet can help you prevent plaque build-up. It’s also important to minimize your sugar intake, stay away from staining foods, and refrain from biting on hard objects that could damage your filling.