A Dental Filling Can Restore a Tooth

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What is a dental filling?
A filling is a dental restoration that may be used by Drs. Pallotto and Osmolinski when a tooth has decay. The filling can restore the tooth back to its normal function and shape after the decay is removed.

Do I need a dental filling?
When you visit Oak Dental Associates for a routine dental checkup, our dentists will examine each of your teeth to detect if there are any cavities present. Special instruments like dental X-rays may be used to get a closer look.

What can I expect when getting a dental filling?
Before beginning treatment, our dentists may use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth and the surrounding tissues. The decay is then removed from the tooth. The area is thoroughly cleaned and checked for any additional decay or debris. When the area is ready, the dental filling will be placed. If a composite filling is used, the material is placed in layers. Each layer is cured with a special light before the next layer is placed. The final filling is shaped and polished.

What happens after my dental filling is placed?
The tooth with the dental filling may have some sensitivity after treatment. This should fade and stop over one to two weeks. If it doesn’t, contact our office for a follow-up appointment.

Feel free to contact our dental office at 708.422.1900 today to learn more about dental fillings in Oak Lawn, Illinois, and to schedule a visit.