DENTAL FILLINGS

DENTAL FILLINGS

Dental fillings are the most conservative way to restore smaller areas of tooth decay. u00a0In a dental experts hands, these types of restorations can be made to conserve as much of your natural tooth as possible while providing a restoration that is almost indistinguishable from the natural tooth. Both resin and porcelain fillings can be adhesively bonded to your natural tooth to add strength.

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  • HOW LONG DO DENTAL FILLINGS LAST?

    Dental fillings used to restore small areas of decay can be expected to last for many years.  The larger the filling, the shorter the long term prognosis.

  • WHAT DO DENTAL FILLINGS COST

    Dental fillings are one of the most inexpensive dental procedures.  Typically, fillings are charged according to the number of surfaces of the tooth that are restored.  Fillings are generally less that $500.  Dental fillings are not indicated for restoring large areas of tooth structure because they are not strong enough and dental crowns may be a better choice.

  • WHAT PROCEDURES ARE NEEDED FOR DENTAL FILLINGS?

    Dental fillings usually only take one visit to complete. At the start of your treatment visit, Dr. Stankewitz will completely anesthetize your tooth so that you will be completely without pain.  After removing all decay, the uncured filling material will be added and shaped to the cavity and a high intensity white light is used to harden it. Your visit can be expected to be about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.

  • WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF DENTAL FILLINGS?

    Dental fillings are an inexpensive way to fully restore small areas of your natural teeth.  The translucency of this resin material blends with your natural teeth so well that it can be invisible.  Dental fillings can also rebuild the strength of you natural tooth because of its unique bonding ability.

  • WHAT IS A DENTAL FILLING?

    Dental fillings are tooth colored resin that can be used to restore small areas of tooth decay.  This material can be bonded to your natural tooth to restore its natural contour, beauty, and strength.

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    FAQ

    Most frequent questions and answers

    Resin fillings can be placed in only one dental visit. u00a0Porcelain fillings take two visits to complete because the fillings are hand made in the dental laboratory. A temporary filling will be placed to protect your tooth until the porcelain filling is made.

    Of course, every patientu2019s perception of pain is different, but the majority of patients do not find the clinical procedures required for dental fillings to be painful. Dr. Stankewitz provides nearly painless local anesthesia procedures acquired over 35 years of private practice experience.

    Fillings can be made of a variety of materials but resin and porcelain are the most common. u00a0Resin fillings are best used to restore smaller areas of decay on the biting surface of teeth. u00a0Larger areas of decay that may extend on the sides and between the teeth are best restored with porcelain. u00a0Both types are considered very conservative dental restorations.

    Dental fillings that are made of tooth colored resin can range from $300 to $500 depending on the size of the restoration. u00a0Porcelain fillings range from $1000 to $1500. Keep in mind that every patient’s needs are unique and costs can vary.

    Dental fillings made from tooth colored resin typically last from 5 to 7 years while porcelain fillings can last for decades.

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