Dental Fillings in Jonesboro, AR

At Wagner & Langston Family Dentistry, we want to help our patients restore their teeth with treatment options that look great and will last for many years. Our composite fillings are indistinguishable from natural teeth, unlike silver amalgam fillings, which stand out. To learn more about our restorative services or schedule your next visit with our team, please contact us!

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Dental Filling Process

Receiving a dental filling involves several steps. First, Dr. Langston or Dr. Wagner will numb the area around the tooth using a local anesthetic to ensure the procedure is painless. Then, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed using a dental drill, leaving behind a clean cavity. Next, the cavity is filled with a tooth-colored composite resin and carefully shaped and polished to match the natural contours of the tooth, ensuring a comfortable bite and a pleasing appearance.

Finally, we will check your bite to ensure proper alignment and make any necessary adjustments. The entire process typically takes about 30 minutes to an hour per tooth, depending on the size and complexity of the filling. Afterward, patients may experience some sensitivity, but this usually subsides within a few days.

Dental Fillings FAQ

What are the benefits of tooth-colored dental fillings?

Composite dental fillings offer a variety of benefits. Patients tend to prefer tooth-colored dental fillings over alternative options for the following reasons:

  • Custom Shades — Our custom shades blend in beautifully with teeth.
  • Long-Lasting — Composite fillings are durable and can last up to 15 years.
  • Preserve Tooth Structure — Require less of the natural tooth to be removed.
  • Safer for Teeth — Our fillings are mercury-free, unlike traditional amalgam fillings.
  • Strengthen Teeth — Tooth-colored fillings strengthen and support natural teeth.

What can I eat after receiving a dental filling?

Post-treatment, your mouth will likely feel numb for a few hours. During this time, we recommend not eating or only eating foods that do not require chewing to avoid biting your tongue. Once the numbness wears off, you may want to chew with the other side of your mouth for a few days as the filling settles.

Can cavities heal on their own?

Unfortunately, once a tooth has been affected by a cavity, the decay must be removed and repaired with a restorative service like a dental filling. Tooth-colored dental fillings are the least invasive restorative option for treating tooth decay. We always want our patients to schedule visits with our team as early as possible so we can use the most conservative treatment options to restore their smiles.

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