Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures today. A filling replaces a portion of a damaged tooth, allowing you to keep the tooth healthy and strong. At Boule Dental in Plano, Illinois, Melvin Boule, DMD, and his experienced team work together to give you fillings and other dental care services you need to have great oral health, now and in the future. Book your appointment using the online tool or by phone today.
You typically need a filling when you have tooth decay in a fairly small portion of your tooth. Dr. Boule often discovers cavities during oral exams or digital X-rays.
You may notice the signs of cavities — such as small dark spots or teeth sensitivity in a particular area — even before your regular checkups. If you experience these problems, see Dr. Boule as soon as possible.
If you don’t deal with a cavity right away, it’ll spread to other areas of the tooth. If a significant portion of your tooth is decayed, you won’t have enough healthy tooth structure left to support a cavity. Then, you might need a more involved treatment like a root canal to save the tooth. In the worst cases of tooth decay, you may need extraction followed by tooth restoration.
You’ll typically have local anesthesia to keep you pain-free during the filling process. Dr. Boule removes the decayed part of the tooth and then replaces it with a filling. The filling maintains the tooth structure so your tooth is full-strength and completely functional again.
Dr. Boule can also use the Waterlase Laser Dentistry™ from BIOLASE® for fillings. This system replaces traditional dental tools with a state-of-the-art laser to deliver a minimally invasive dental care experience.
The most popular option for fillings is tooth-colored composite resin. Dr. Boule colors this resin to match your tooth, which makes it blend in almost invisibly. Tooth-colored resin is highly flexible, which allows Dr. Boule to sculpt it perfectly to your tooth. Then, he cures the resin with a blue light so it becomes strong and durable.
There are several other options for fillings, including silver amalgam and other metal fillings. Most patients opt for the tooth-colored resin fillings because they’re not obvious when you smile and because they’re highly functional.
Fillings can last for a decade or more in most patients. During your regular checkups, Dr. Boule examines your fillings to make sure they’re still stable. If you ever need filling replacement to maintain the integrity of your tooth, it’s a simple and easy process.
Book your appointment at Boule Dental using the online tool or by calling the office today.