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Dental Fillings at Monarch Dental

Tooth decay is one of the most common oral health diseases seen today, especially in children. Because it can spread and cause additional issues, it’s best to treat cavities early with a small dental filling. At Monarch Dental, we thoroughly screen for decay at each checkup to stop cavities as early as possible. Our affordable dental fillings make it easy to get your oral health back on the right track.
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What Are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are a traditional restoration used to restore damaged, decayed, or broken teeth. Much like the name suggests, fillings “fill” in the void created by active tooth decay, but they also rebuild the structure and shape of your tooth in that space. Since cavities are bacterial infections, they will continue to spread until they are treated. By filling cavities as soon as the decay is diagnosed, we can limit your risk of tooth loss and the need for more extensive treatments later on.

Types of Dental Fillings

Each type of dental filling plays a unique role. Depending on which tooth has a cavity, where it is located, and the size of the decay, our dentists may recommend one of the following:

  • Composite Resin Fillings – White dental fillings are made from a composite resin that bonds closely with your tooth structure. This characteristic allows composite fillings to be smaller and less invasive to the surrounding enamel. Because the composite comes in a variety of shades, we will select one that matches the color of your tooth.
  • Porcelain Inlays and Onlays – Inlays and onlays are lab-made dental fillings (sometimes referred to as a three-quarter crown) used to restore a larger area of tooth structure. They are more conservative than a full crown, but the placement involves a similar two-step process.
  • Metal Amalgam Fillings – Traditional amalgam fillings are made from a silver alloy. We still use silver fillings today on a case-by-case basis. They come in extremely helpful when teeth are located near a saliva gland and are challenging to keep dry during the procedure. Amalgams are also helpful for repairing moderately sized cavities.

What are the Benefits of Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings maintain the appearance of your tooth, prevent further damage and infection, and reduce the likelihood of pain and discomfort when eating or drinking. Fillings can also be used to enhance the appearance of front teeth with visible cavities. As a minimally invasive approach to restorative dentistry, fillings help prolong the overall function and lifespan of your decayed tooth.

Why Choose Monarch Dental for Dental Fillings?

At Monarch Dental, our caring team of experienced dental providers work to deliver quality care at an affordable price. We believe that everyone deserves to have a healthy, natural-looking smile that they feel confident about. Because our services are available under one roof, it’s easier for us to provide affordable dental fillings, smile restoration, and custom dental prosthetics that fit your budget.

What is it Like to Get Dental Fillings at Monarch Dental?

During your dental filling procedure, we will use gentle techniques and local anesthetic to thoroughly numb the tooth being treated. Next, our experienced dentists will carefully remove the decayed portion of your tooth. If you are receiving a composite filling, we will use a shade guide to match the resin material to your smile. Then, the filling is placed into the prepared area and shaped by hand to recreate your tooth structure. White fillings are cured with a bright light, while amalgam fillings harden on their own. The entire treatment experience is typically completed in under an hour.

What is the Recovery and Aftercare Like for a Dental Filling?

After your dental filling procedure, it is normal to experience the numbing effects from the anesthetic for up to three hours. Depending on the size of your filling, some mild tooth sensitivity is to be expected. If you experience significant discomfort or symptoms persist for more than two weeks, please contact our care team right away.

Monarch Dental wants you to fully understand the aftercare process and will provide you with important dental filling maintenance instructions. Regular follow-up care, such as routine dental checkups and cleanings, should be scheduled every six months. Be sure to practice good oral hygiene, including daily brushing and flossing around each tooth to ensure long-lasting results.

How Much Does a Dental Filling Cost?

The cost of dental fillings depends on two primary factors: the size of the filling and the type of dental filling procedure. For example, a one-surface filling will cost less than a two or three-surface filling, which covers additional sides of the tooth. Today, Monarch Dental typically uses composite or tooth-colored dental fillings. These materials are minimally invasive and come in a variety of shades to match your teeth. Traditional amalgam (silver) fillings are also available but tend to be used less frequently. If you have an extremely large cavity, a lab-made filling—also known as an inlay or onlay—made from porcelain or gold may be best; these restorations typically cost more than other fillings because of the materials and lab-design process required.

To ensure the best patient experience, Monarch Dental will provide you with a detailed cost estimate reviewing all of your treatment options. We take the guesswork out of your dental costs, ensuring you have access to the quality oral health care that you deserve.

Insurances Accepted

Early treatment of cavities helps reduce your out-of-pocket costs and the risk of more extensive treatment needs, such as tooth replacement for missing teeth. To ensure the best oral health experience for your family, Monarch Dental also accepts most HMO and PPO dental insurance plans. Our treatment coordinators work closely with your carrier to help you maximize your insurance coverage (reducing the total cost of your dental filling ) Click here to search for a Monarch Dental near you that accepts your specific insurance plan.

Monarch Dental Flexible Payment Plans

To ensure you have access to the dental care you deserve, we offer our OneSmile Dental Plan with automatic savings of 20-40% on most services. Additional financing options are also available, making it easy to budget your dental fillings and other services into low monthly payments.

What to Do When A Filling is Damaged?

If you suspect that your dental filling is damaged, it’s important to see one of our experienced dentists as soon as possible. Our professional dental team will evaluate your tooth to determine the next best steps. Damaged fillings need to be repaired at the earliest opportunity to prevent potential cracks, dental emergencies, or the need for more complex procedures.

Dental Fillings You Can Afford

Dental fillings are the most simple way to stop the spread of tooth decay and reduce your risk of future more extensive treatment needs. The earlier you catch decay, the earlier we can minimize the damage to your tooth. Contact your Monarch Dental team today to reserve a consultation and learn more about dental fillings you can afford.
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