Dental Fillings in Fairfield, CT
Cosmetic & Reconstructive Dentistry provides dental filling services in Fairfield, CT. Call 203-255-6878 to learn more or click here to book an appointment.
When a tooth has a cavity, we use a dental filling to restore its function, appearance, and strength. Once a cavity forms, it cannot be reversed and if left untreated will continue to grow leading to significant decay that requires a crown, bridge, root canal, or dental implant to restore the tooth. Early treatment is always key to preventing the need for more complex restorative dental work.
In the past, metal (amalgam) fillings were the most common treatment for cavities, but tooth-colored fillings made with composite material are a more popular choice today. The material used for these fillings is closely matched to the shade of your tooth to blend in seamlessly with the rest of your smile.
Unlike a metal filling, composite fillings don’t cause any sensitivity to hot or cold foods and they contain no mercury. Because of this, many patients come to our office to have their older amalgam fillings replaced with new tooth-colored fillings. We have protocols in place to do this safely without compromising your health.
Frequently Asked Questions About Dental Fillings
What is the healthiest tooth filling?
Composite fillings—also known as tooth-colored fillings or white fillings—are the healthiest option for restoring a tooth that has been damaged by a cavity. These fillings contain no mercury or metals and because they can be matched to the exact shade of your tooth, they produce natural-looking results.
Do fillings for cavities hurt?
If you’ve been lucky enough to never have a cavity, rest assured, getting a dental filling doesn’t hurt at all. We use local anesthetic to numb your tooth and the tissue surrounding it before we begin any work. In the hours after your procedure, you may experience a very small amount of sensitivity or soreness.
How long do white fillings last?
White fillings can last decades or more when cared for properly. Diligent oral hygiene practices and regular dental checkups and cleanings help extend the lifespan of your dental fillings.
How many dental fillings can be done at once?
If you need multiple dental fillings, we usually do all of them during the same appointment for your convenience.
Are tooth-colored fillings more expensive?
Yes, tooth-colored fillings are more expensive than silver, and many insurance companies will cover the costs involved, making tooth-colored fillings a great option for nearly all of our patients.
Why do I get cavities so easily?
Unfortunately, some people are just more prone to cavities than others. You may have more grooves and pits in your teeth where plaque can form or you could have complicating factors like dry mouth that make your teeth more susceptible to decay. If you’re worried that you have an unusual number of cavities, we can discuss prevention strategies with you at your next appointment.
Call 203-255-6878 to schedule your appointment.