Dental Fillings

Restore Decayed Teeth

Dental Fillings

If you have a decayed tooth in Festus or Columbia, Dr. Nathan Williamson is here to help. At Williamson Dental, we can restore your smile and your bite with a tooth-colored dental filling. Learn more about the benefits of fillings below, or contact our office in Festus or Columbia if you’d like to schedule a consultation at our office.

  • Minimize pain & discomfort – A cavity can cause sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, as well as pain and discomfort while you chew. With a filling from Dr. Nathan Williamson, you can get the relief you need.
  • Natural smile & bite restoration – We prefer composite fillings at our office, which are made of a special dental resin that looks and feels just like a part of your natural tooth. You won’t have to worry about silver metal restorations affecting the appearance of your smile.
  • Prevent further complications – Getting a filling stops decay in its tracks, and prevents further complications, such as a tooth infection that may require treatment with root canal therapy.
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Understanding The Basics

Do I need a filling?

You only need a filling if you have a cavity. Cavities are not always easy to recognize, since they can affect your tooth without causing you any pain or discomfort. This is one of the reasons that it’s important to see Dr. Williamson every six months for a checkup. He can check for signs of cavities that you may not even notice.

However, there are a few signs you can look out for that may indicate the presence of a deeper cavity. If you notice that your tooth aches or is sensitive when you consume hot or cold foods/beverages, a cavity may be the culprit.

In addition, you may be able to visually identify larger cavities. Look for pits, holes, or dark black or brown stains around your tooth. If you notice these issues, you most likely have a cavity and should see Dr. Williamson right away.

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What to Expect

How long do fillings last?

Fillings can last anywhere from 10-20 years, or even longer depending on how well you care for them. This makes them one of the best long-term ways to restore your smile. You can chew, speak, and smile for years to come, without worrying about your filling failing.

Note, however, that older fillings may come loose and be pulled out, particularly if you are chewing very sticky foods like taffy, caramel, or gummy candies. If this happens, simply come into Williamson Dental to have the filling replaced by Dr. Williamson. 

Aftercare

How do I take care of my filling?

You do not need to do anything special to take care of your new filling. You can treat it just like a natural part of your smile. Brush at least twice a day for two minutes and floss once a day to keep your teeth strong and bright. You should also see Dr. Williamson for a teeth cleaning and a checkup every six months to make sure your smile is healthy.

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