Treating Cavities with Dental Fillings
in New Lenox, IL

Dental fillings are an effective way to address cavities, but they can also be used to repair teeth that have been damaged from bruxism (grinding). Lincolnway Dental Associates offers different types of dental fillings to suit your dental needs and budget, and our team will be happy to discuss your options with you and help you make the best choice.

Getting dental fillings is a relatively simple procedure it should not take very long at all. What’s more, our caring team will be here to answer all your questions and put you at ease.

To set up an appointment with Dr. Leesa, call (815) 462-4838 today.

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What to Expect with Cavity Fillings

It may take us at least an hour for your appointment, as we’ll want to take X-rays and tell you all about what kind of treatment you’ll need and how it will help.

  • Prior to doing the fillings, we’ll first numb your teeth and gums to minimize discomfort.
  • Then, we will carefully drill into the tooth and remove any traces of decay, then add filling to the space to reinforce and protect the tooth.
  • Expect the numbness in your mouth to linger for a few hours after your appointment.
  • Wait until the numbness wears off before eating, and eat only soft foods that are not too hot or cold. You might feel some discomfort and sensitivity after the numbness wears off, but this should not last long.
  • Maintain healthy oral hygiene habits. We recommend toothpaste that strengthens tooth enamel and protects against sensitivity.
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How Long do Dental Fillings Last?

Depending on what they are made of, fillings can last roughly 10-12 years. However, if you have a habit of grinding your teeth when you’re sleeping, the fillings might need to be replaced sooner. If you see any signs of damage to your fillings, contact our office as soon as possible so we can replace them, or provide you with a dental crown instead.

Are Fillings Painful?

Not at all! Because the fillings are placed on an area of the tooth where there are no nerves, you will not feel any discomfort at all. However, there may be slight discomfort for individuals with sensitive teeth or those who need deeper fillings that are closer to the nerves.

If you feel any persistent pain or sensitivity after getting your dental fillings, call us at (815) 462-4838.