Dental Filling FAQs
How Is a Filling Done?
When Dr. Gelfand discovers a cavity, he will put the area to sleep with an anesthetic. Once the entire area is numb, Dr. Gelfand softly removes all of the bad tooth. Then he cleans out the area to make sure it is free of bacteria. If the nerve is exposed, Dr. Gelfand will put a covering over it so it does not cause pain. The tooth is then filled and coated with a white filling that closely resembles your natural tooth color.
What Are Fillings Made From?
Fillings come in a wide variety of material: amalgam silver & tooth-colored composites, are most common.
Will My Insurance Cover the Filling?
Most insurance plans will cover the least expensive choice of fillings. It depends on your particular insurance provider whether they cover full or part of the payment. Most will cover a part of the payment. Your dentist should be able to help you find out.
How Long Do Fillings Last?
If cared for properly, a typical filling will last 5-10 years before it needs to be replaced.
Will I Be in Pain Afterward?
Normally, your tooth will remain sensitive to heat and cold for about 2 days after the filling. This pain is normally very mild. You should feel no pain and be back to normal in three days.