Tooth-Colored Fillings in Cary, NC!

Most of the time, cavities are preventable with brushing, flossing, and attending regular dental visits. However, that doesn’t mean they are entirely avoidable. Whether a cavity has developed due to poor oral hygiene, genetics, or diet, it is important to address the problem quickly. At Shannon Oaks Family Dental, we recommend tooth-colored fillings to treat tooth decay and fill cavities. Contact us today to learn more!

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Why do I need a dental filling?

There are a few reasons why a tooth might need a dental filling, but most of the time, a dental filling is necessary when there is damage or decay in a tooth. Dental fillings help restore the tooth’s structure, prevent further decay, and relieve discomfort. Without a dental filling, the decay can progress, leading to more extensive and costly dental procedures. Fillings also help maintain proper oral function and aesthetics.

How long do dental fillings last?

The lifespan of a dental filling can vary based on factors like the material used, oral hygiene, and chewing habits. Generally, a composite dental filling may last five years or longer. Regular dental check-ups are crucial to monitor and maintain fillings. Good oral hygiene practices, such as brushing, flossing, and avoiding excessive stress on the dental filling material, can extend their durability.

Can I eat after getting a dental filling?

After getting the composite filling procedure, it’s generally recommended to wait until any numbness from anesthesia wears off before eating to avoid accidentally biting your cheek or tongue. Once the numbness is gone, you can eat, but it’s wise to choose soft and non-chewy foods initially to avoid putting too much pressure on the dental filling. Avoid very hot or cold foods and beverages for a few hours, as sensitivity may be heightened. Always follow any specific post-filling instructions given by our team for optimal recovery.

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