Dental Fillings Simpsonville, SC

Dental Fillings An Overview

Dental fillings are one of the most common procedures performed in our Simpsonville dental office. Dr. O’Malley may recommend a dental filling for addressing tooth decay, minor damage or minor imperfections in a tooth. A dental filling can serve an important role in the long term maintenance of your oral health, halting disease progression in the case of tooth decay and supporting the integrity of tooth function.

Routine dental care is often the key to avoiding complex dental concerns and provides the opportunity for Dr. O’Malley and our dental team to spot common concerns such as tooth decay in the early stages of development. This allows a dental filling to successfully stabilize your dental health and minimizes the risk of tooth damage or even loss. Dental fillings are completed in one visit and patients can be made comfortable with a local anesthetic. If you suffer from dental anxiety and need one or more dental fillings, Dr. O’Malley can discuss dental sedation options before your treatment.

Types of Dental Fillings

Dr. O’Malley will discuss your most suitable options, often recommending a composite resin or “white” filling for the most natural looking result. Other options include:

  • Resin modified glass ionomer (RMGI): glass ionomers consist of a polyacrylic material that is highly impenetrable. RMGI fillings have resin added, for improved strength and durability.
  • Amalgam: known as “silver fillings”, amalgam has been the traditional filling material for many years due to its relative strength and economical cost.

Choosing the right filling material is dependent upon the location and size of the filling and your cosmetic goals.

Dental Fillings What to Expect

A dental filling is a relatively simple procedure, completed during a single visit with us. After cleaning the area and applying a topical anesthetic, we will gently remove any decay present and clean out the affected area. The chosen filling material will be sculpted into place and then sealed to prevent future infection.

The final step is to polish the new surface for a smooth texture and comfortable bite.

How do I know if I need a filling?

In most cases, our team will spot the signs of decay during a visual exam or on an x-ray. Other common symptoms of a tooth cavity can include tooth pain, increased sensitivity or even redness at the gum line. Left untreated, tooth decay can continue to damage the tooth and may lead to tooth loss.