Gibson Dental

How long will a tooth filling take?

If you need a tooth-colored filling in Madison, AL, it is because you have a dental cavity. Your treatment time to fill and close this cavity depends on the complexity or severity of your tooth decay—typically, you can expect to spend a few minutes to an hour in the dental chair.

The process itself starts with a diagnosis from your dentist. You must seek a diagnosis as dental cavities can hide between teeth. If your dentist finds a cavity, we schedule treatment.

During your dental filling appointment, we make sure you’re relaxed and comfortable—if you’re still feeling nervous, ask us about nitrous oxide. We also numb the treatment area before filling your tooth. After the area is numb, your dentist gently removes the tooth decay and fills the hole to prevent further complications.

In most cases, we close with a tooth-colored filling. However, if your tooth is severely damaged, we may recommend a tooth crown. A tooth crown is a cap that fits over your entire tooth. It is shaped and colored to look like your other teeth. The dental crown creates a safety zone between your bite force and the treated tooth to prevent further complications. A tooth crown requires more than one visit.

Tooth-Colored Fillings from Your Dentist in Madison, AL

If you suspect a cavity or if it’s time for your dental checkup and cleaning, reach out to our dental team today.

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