Teeth Fillings and Sealants: Protect Your Smile

Tooth decay and cavities are common dental issues. Receiving a tooth-colored filling to restore your tooth helps prevent the problem from developing into something worse.

Dental Fillings in Independence and Blue Springs, MO

What is a tooth filling?

A tooth filling is a straightforward yet crucial treatment often necessary to repair cavities and minor decay. This common procedure boasts a high success rate and involves several options, including composite and amalgam fillings. While both types are effective, composite fillings are particularly popular for their natural appearance, especially in more visible teeth.

How do cavity fillings work?

The cavity treatment process begins with removing decay from the tooth, followed by placing a filling. This not only halts further decay but also restores the tooth’s integrity and function. Understanding the types of dental fillings available—such as gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, and composite resins—can help you decide based on your specific needs.

What are dental sealants?

Imagine a shield guarding your or your child’s teeth against decay. That’s exactly what dental sealants do—act as a barrier against cavities. These thin coatings are applied to the back teeth, where decay often starts, and are particularly crucial for children’s developing molars. Adults can also benefit by extending the life of their natural teeth and maintaining a bright, healthy smile.

illustration of tooth being filled with dental tool
  • Does it hurt to get a cavity filled?

    Getting a cavity filled is generally not painful due to local anesthesia. Here’s what to expect:

    1. Numbing the Area: The dentist applies a topical anesthetic and then injects a local anesthetic to numb the area.
    2. Removing Decay: The decayed part of the tooth is removed with a drill or laser. You might feel pressure but no pain.
    3. Filling the Cavity: The cavity is filled with a material like composite resin or amalgam. The filling is shaped and polished.
    4. Adjusting the Bite: The dentist checks and adjusts your bite for comfort.

    You may feel mild discomfort or sensitivity for a few days after, which can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Discuss any concerns before the procedure.

  • What's the profess of getting a dental sealant?

    Getting dental sealants is quick, easy, and painless. First, your teeth are thoroughly cleaned to remove plaque and debris. Then, the teeth are dried and isolated with cotton. An acidic gel is applied to help the sealant bond with the enamel, and after a few seconds, it’s rinsed off and the teeth are dried again.

    Finally, the sealant material is applied and cured with a special light. The whole process takes just a few minutes per tooth and is painless. Most patients find it easier and more comfortable than a routine dental cleaning. Dental sealants are a simple way to protect your teeth from decay.

  • How long do dental sealants last?

    While dental sealants’ durability can vary, they are a proven and long-lasting defense against decay. For those seeking to extend the life of their sealants, maintaining good oral hygiene and regular dental visits is key.

  • Who can get dental sealants?

    Sealants are ideal for anyone without cavities, particularly young patients receiving their permanent molars. Adults without prior fillings can also benefit from safeguarding their teeth against potential decay.

More Questions?

If you have further questions about teeth fillings and dental sealants or wish to book an appointment, don't hesitate to contact our Missouri offices. We're here to help you achieve and maintain optimal dental health!

Independence, MO

3820 South Whitney Ave
Independence, MO 64055
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Monday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 4:00 pm
Thursday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: By Appointment



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Blue Springs, MO

1400 South Outer Road
Blue Springs, MO 64015
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Monday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday: 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday: Closed



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