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Dental Fillings Fox Lake, IL

Dental Fillings An Overview

Dental fillings are used to restore teeth affected by cavities or decay and protect them against future problems. Infinity Dental of Fox Lake offers a range of dental fillings to meet your needs:

Resin Dental Fillings

Resin dental fillings come in a range of tooth-colored shades, matching the look of your teeth almost perfectly. This procedure is also known as cosmetic bonding because the resin is bonded directly to the tooth. In most cases, composite resin dental fillings can be placed in a single visit.

Benefits of composite dental fillings:

  • Good durability for long-lasting results
  • Environmentally friendly and non-toxic
  • Made of bio-compatible materials
  • Bonded directly to the tooth, making them stronger when compared to amalgam
  • Require little to no tooth preparation
  • Virtually indistinguishable from natural tooth structure
  • Available in a rainbow of tooth-colored shades

Porcelain Dental Fillings

Porcelain dental fillings, also called inlays or onlays, are used in patients with more advanced tooth decay or damage in larger teeth. These types of fillings add strength to the tooth similar to a dental crown. Porcelain fillings are comfortable and durable and with proper care can be very long-lasting.

Dr. Prendergast places dental fillings for adults and children to restore and stabilize the health of the tooth.

Do you place fillings in baby teeth?
Yes, if a primary tooth has become decayed a dental filling is often placed. Removing infected tooth structure and placing a filling is important for several reasons:

  • Reduces the spread of decay and infection to other parts of the tooth or neighboring tissue which could present a health risk if left untreated.
  • Keeping baby teeth in place supports the growth and development of healthy permanent teeth and your child’s natural speech.

Inlays and Onlays

Inlays and onlays are used when you need more than a filling, but you don’t need a complete dental crown. Inlays are used when a large amount of decay has impacted the chewing surface of your tooth. Using stronger materials than a filling, an inlay will fit into the hollow of your tooth, but it won’t impact the cusps of the tooth. It provides more support and strength to the tooth than a filling can.

Onlays are similar, however, they’re used on both the biting surface and the cusps of your tooth. Onlays are also called partial crowns because they perform the same kind of function. They allow you to keep more of your natural tooth structure, instead of the tooth being filed down to accommodate a full dental crown.

Dental Fillings What to Expect

The procedure for placing a dental filling is typically simple and completed in one brief visit to our dental office in Fox Lake. We will use a topical anesthetic to numb the area. Once you are comfortable, the infected and damaged part of the tooth is removed and cleaned to prepare for the placement of the chosen filling material.

Dr. Prendergast will carefully sculpt the filling material into place in the case of composite resin and permanently seal it using a special blue light. If an inlay or onlay is being placed we will take impressions for the dental lab to use when making your custom ceramic restoration.

A temporary restoration will be placed to protect the tooth until the final one is complete. A second visit will be scheduled to place the inlay or onlay and seal the tooth.

What to do if you have a broken filling

If you have a broken dental filling or missing dental filling, it is important to contact our office as quickly as possible. We reserve time throughout the day for our dentists to treat dental emergencies such as lost or broken dental fillings.

Do not attempt to temporarily secure your dental filling with glue or other adhesive. Avoid foods that may become trapped in the tooth hole and continue to brush the tooth carefully to avoid a build-up of plaque, food, and other debris.

If you have a broken filling or suspect you may have a cavity, contact Infinity Dental of Fox Lake to schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.

Dental Fillings FAQs

Can I eat after a filling?

After a filling patients should avoid chewing for a few hours to let the numbing wear off. Patients can drink about an hour after the procedure, but chewing puts patients at risk to bite their gum or lip due to the numbing. Patients should not eat or drink anything 2 hours prior to their filling appointment.

Can I drink water after a filling?

Patients are told to wait at least an hour to let their filling set before drinking anything. Water should not affect your filling from curing, but it is best to wait to be safe.

How can I strengthen my teeth naturally?

Patients can attempt to strengthen teeth naturally by flossing and practicing a more involved oral care routine. Avoiding smoking as well as using a fluoride based toothpaste will also help strengthen teeth.