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Dental Fillings Rogers, AR

Dental FillingsAn Overview

dental fillings in Rogers, ArkansasDental fillings are used to repair mild to moderate damage or tooth decay. It is a general dental service that can save your teeth. Dental fillings are highly durable and help stabilize the structure of the tooth sealing out future decay.

Dr. Heather Adams uses high-quality, composite resin fillings to help patients repair decay with natural-looking, lasting results. Resin fillings are a cosmetic alternative to traditional silver fillings. The resin can be color-matched to blend seamlessly with the tooth improving both the aesthetics and health of the smile.

Patients with old metal dental fillings, especially those located in the “smile zone” may consider having their fillings replaced with white composite resin fillings. Resin dental fillings can achieve a more natural-looking smile than traditional metal fillings.

Prevent Cavities With Proper Flossing

We all listen carefully during our routine dental visits to the oral hygiene tips that Dr. Adams and her staff provide, aimed at preventing tooth decay and other dental problems. We commit to a healthy daily routine as we enjoy our fresh, clean smiles! But how often do we forget (or choose not to) brush diligently and floss our teeth, thinking it really doesn’t matter all that much?

Dr. Adams will remind you that it’s very important. Just as it is important to eat healthily and move around each and every day, brushing AND flossing daily are the keys to enjoying a lifelong smile that is strong and healthy.

Flossing your teeth is the best way to remove food particles and reduce plaque build-up between the teeth. This not only reduces the risk of developing a tooth cavity but also helps keep the gums healthy and prevent gum disease, the number one cause of tooth loss today.

Making something a habit requires us to do it every day until it is such a natural part of daily life that we can do it without thinking about it. Tooth brushing and flossing should be a natural part of your daily life in order to keep your smile as healthy as possible between regular visits to our Rogers dentist office.

Dental Fillings What to Expect

Dental fillings are a routine dental procedure that is typically completed in a single visit to our Rogers, AR dentist office.

A local anesthetic may be administered for optimal comfort. Once the area is numb, Dr. Adams will remove the decayed tissue from the tooth. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the placement of dental filling material.

The filling material is color-matched for optimal results and gently injected into the tooth. Using a special light that activates the hardening agent, the filling is sealed. Once dry, the filling is filed down for comfort and polished to a natural shine.

Preventing Tooth Decay

Dental fillings are a conservative solution to repairing a decayed or damaged tooth. Left untreated, tooth decay can damage the structure of the tooth and may require more advanced treatment options such as an inlay or onlay, root canal, or tooth extraction.

Routine dental health exams help to keep your teeth and gums healthy and disease-free. Six-month dental checkups can catch developing decay early, preventing further damage to your smile and the need for complex restorative dental treatments.

Dental Fillings FAQs

Do cavities cause permanant damage?

Yes! Your tooth is not able to recover after a cavity has formed. Furthermore, if you do not treat it, the decay will begin to spread until the tooth is destroyed. The earlier you treat a cavity with a filling, the more conservative the treatment will be.

How long will a dental filling take?

Dr. Adams can complete a dental filling in just one visit and the procedure can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour. The time frame will depend on the size and location of the cavity. If you have more than one cavity in a different location, then you may need several appointments.

Can I drive after a dental filling?

Most people are perfectly fine to drive after a cavity filling. However, if you suffer from dental anxiety and require sedation to complete the treatment, we recommend finding a ride home from your appointment. If you are unable to find a ride, we will need to monitor your condition afterwards to make sure you are okay to drive.

Can I eat after a dental filling?

We always recommend waiting until the anesthetic wears off before eating. It is difficult to control your muscles during this time and you can easily bite your lips, cheeks, or tongue. You may consume soft foods that do not require chewing until the anesthetic wears off.