When a dentist gives you a filling, he or she first cleans the affected area and then fills the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. Depending on your dentist’s recommendation, the material will most often be composite (plastic) or amalgam (silver).
Fillings will last for many years. To ensure a long-lasting restoration we emphasize the importance of good home care (brush for two minutes twice a day and floss every day) and regular dental cleanings and examinations.
A tooth that has just had a filling placed will be more sensitive to hot and cold foods, air temperature, and the pressure of biting. This sensitivity should resolve within a few days. If discomfort persists, contact your dentist.
Keeping good oral hygiene habits is important at any age. As we get older, regular visits to the dentist remain necessary, particularly since changes to our health status can often affect our oral health. One study found that older adults with certain chronic conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease, are more at risk for […]