The Basics about Dental Fillings

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Do you have tooth decay that needs to be repaired? Drs. Wheelock, Bursick, and Post may recommend a dental filling in Sioux City, Iowa, to restore your tooth. Our dentists will remove the decay and then fill the area with the dental filling material.

How is a dental filling placed?
Our dentists will numb the area and then remove the decayed portion of the tooth. After probing the area to ensure that all of the decay has been removed, the area is cleaned of bacteria and debris. The composite dental filling is then placed in layers. As each layer is placed, it is cured with a special light. Once the layers are in place, our dentists will shape the material, trim off any excess, and polish the final dental filling.

Does dental insurance cover the cost of composite fillings?
Most dental insurance plans will cover the cost of a composite filling up to the price of an amalgam filling. The patient is required to pay the difference.

How should I care for a tooth with a filling?
To care for your dental filling, practice proper oral hygiene. Brush at least twice a day, floss at least once a day, and visit Wheelock & Associates Dentistry twice a year for your routine checkup and cleaning. If Drs. Wheelock, Bursick, and Post suspect that your filling is leaking or damaged in any way, they will take X-rays to examine the filling and tooth. A dental filling can be replaced or repaired if needed.

For more information about dental fillings and to schedule your next visit, we invite you to contact our office today. We are thrilled to serve you and your smile!