Fillings Specialist

Cromer & Cairns Dental

General Dentists & Cosmetic Dentists located in Vero Beach, FL

If you develop a cavity, fillings can repair the damage to your tooth enamel, restoring your smile to a healthy, vibrant condition. At Cromer & Cairns Dental, Julie Cromer, DDS, provides white, tooth-colored fillings to people of all ages. To make an appointment at the practice in Vero Beach, Florida, call the office or click the online booking tool today.

Fillings Q&A

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What are fillings?

Fillings are dental restorations that repair damage caused by tooth decay. At Cromer & Cairns Dental, Dr. Cromer uses white, composite fillings. Composite fillings are tougher and longer-lasting than traditional amalgam fillings. What’s more, they mimic the color and light-reflecting properties of your natural tooth enamel, ensuring the work looks natural.

What are the benefits of composite fillings?

Composite fillings offer a variety of benefits, including:

  • Natural-looking results
  • Less tooth sensitivity
  • Less tooth removal
  • Durability
  • Convenience

In addition, Dr. Cromer applies the composite resin directly to your tooth enamel. That restores your tooth to its near-original shape and size without weakening the enamel. 

What does getting a filling involve?

At Cromer & Cairns Dental, getting a filling is a quick, virtually pain-free outpatient procedure. 

Before recommending a filling, Dr. Cromer conducts an oral exam and takes digital X-rays. She uses the X-rays to assess the extent of the decay affecting your tooth and to develop a custom treatment plan.

If she determines you qualify for a filling, Dr. Cromer administers a local anesthetic and carefully removes the decaying portion of your tooth enamel. Then, she rinses the tooth with an antiseptic solution. After preparing your tooth, she applies a thin layer of composite resin. Then, she points a light at the resin, causing it to harden and cure.

Dr. Cromer repeats these same steps multiple times until the damaged portion of your tooth is restored. Following treatment, you can return to work and other routine activities right away.

What is recovery like after getting a filling?

Following a filling procedure, it’s normal to experience some increased tooth sensitivity after the anesthesia wears off.  To limit any discomfort, Dr. Cromer recommends:

  • Using desensitizing toothpaste
  • Avoiding acidic foods
  • Avoiding extremely hot or cold foods
  • Taking over-the-counter pain medication

Continue to brush and floss as normal, but do so gently around the treated tooth. If your symptoms persist for more than 48 hours, contact the office right away.

How long do fillings last?

The length of time a filling lasts depends on your commitment to good oral hygiene. Most fillings last 10-15 years but only if you brush and floss daily and visit the dentist on a routine basis. To prevent damage to your fillings, wear a mouthguard if you grind your teeth and avoid bad habits like opening packaging with your teeth or biting your nails.

To see if you’re a candidate for fillings, make an appointment at Cromer & Cairns Dental by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.