How To Get Dental Fillings In Salt Lake City, UT
Dr. Scott Elder offers dental restoratives such as fillings along with crowns and bridges.
To learn more about dental fillings or if you have any additional questions, we’re glad to help you. Call us at the Salt Lake Dental Clinic to schedule your appointment with Dr. Scott Elder today. Our office can be reached at (801) 278-7100.
“You have a cavity!”
So you have come to the dentist and you hear the dreaded words no patient wants to hear. Cavities, or caries, are tiny openings or holes in your teeth that are permanent and a result of tooth decay. It’s the destruction of your tooth enamel that has broken down. Cavities are caused when plaque rests on your teeth, trapping acid between the plaque and your tooth. This acid breaks down the enamel of your tooth.
Tooth decay is prevented by good oral hygiene including brushing and flossing, regular visits and cleanings from your dentist, and the use of supplemental fluoride or dental sealants.
But if a cavity happens, Dr. Scott Elder can fix the problem with restorative dental fillings. To schedule an exam or if you have questions about dental fillings, call our office at (801)278-7100.
Until we see you, here are a few questions you might have about dental fillings.
What Are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are what they sound like they are—a filling that fills the hole where the cavity was once your dentist has removed the decay. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth when a full crown is not needed.
Fillings can be made of various materials and each have pros and cons.
You might receive a filling made from:
- Silver amalgam (mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper)
- Composite resin fillings
- Glass ionomer
The type of filling you receive depends upon the location of the tooth, the extent of the cavity or damage, and allergies you might have.
How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?
Dental fillings can last 7-20 years or more depending upon your dental hygiene, the type of filling you received, and how often you visit your dentist for regular exams.
Gold and ceramic porcelain fillings last the longest – 15 years or more but are the most expensive fillings to receive.
Silver amalgam fillings last about ten years but are not as aesthetically pleasing.
Composite fillings can last 5-10 years and can be prone to chipping.
Glass ionomers last five years or less and are typically used for fillings below the gum line or for fillings in young children.
What To Expect When Getting A Dental Filling?
During your dental exam, you will receive X-rays to see the extent of the tooth decay.
Then you will receive a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding gum. If the filling is on the surface and doesn’t extend to the root or is below the gum line, you may not need anesthetic at all.
Once you are numb, your tooth will be drilled to remove the decay. Your tooth will be sterilized and prepped for the filling. If you are receiving gold or porcelain fillings, a mold will be taken at this point to be sent to the lab to be created. You will then receive a temporary filling until your filling is completed and you will require a second visit where the filling will be bonded to your tooth.
If you are receiving other types of fillings, the filling will be applied. If you receive composite or ceramic fillings, they will be hardened and cured with a blue light.
Your teeth will be polished and examined and you will be able to eat and drink once the numbing wears off. Hot and cold foods may cause some sensitivity and depending upon the extent of the procedure and drilling, you may experience some pain. Hard foods should be avoided for at least 24 hours until the filling has completely set.
Most fillings take less than an hour and only require a single visit.
What Are Temporary Fillings And Why Am I Getting One?
Temporary fillings are made of softer materials that are easy to remove. Some materials used in temporary fillings are:
- Zinc oxide eugenol
- Zinc phosphate cement
- Glass ionomers
- Other intermediate restorative materials
You might be receiving a temporary filling because there is more tooth decay that your dentist needs to remove. Or, you may receive one during an emergency dental visit to alleviate pain until you can make a regular visit. Other reasons include:
- A temporary cap until you get a dental crown
- As a temporary seal after a root canal
- If your nerves are inflamed and your tooth is sensitive. In this case, the temporary filling may be medicated to help the tooth heal.
How To Take Care of Your Fillings
Fillings don’t last forever, but they will last longer if you practice good oral hygiene. You should follow the same recommendations for your dental care that would prevent cavities from forming.
- Brush twice a day and floss
- Limit sugar and soda
- Rinse with mouth wash to reduce oral bacteria
- Visit your dentist regularly
- Limit stains from coffee and tea by rinsing your mouth after consuming these
- Chew on ice or hard foods
Reviews for dental fillings in Salt Lake City, Utah
These reviews are from real patients. To read others, check out our Google Business Page Reviews where we have a 4.9-star rating and nearly 100 reviews.
“[Dr. Scott Elder] Cares more about the patients than money. My previous dentist said I needed a root canal and 4 fillings. I walked out of Dr. Elder’s office with 1 filling and no root canal. The staff and Dr. Elder were incredibly friendly and accommodating to my schedule and needs even with this being my first visit with them. Highly recommend.”
“Dr. Elder is one of the best dentists I ever went to. The procedures are very smooth and they respect our time. We did a couple of root canals, teeth extractions, and filling and in all the cases, we never had any issue and I would recommend this clinic for anyone of any age.”