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Dental Fillings

McCarthy Dental - Dr. Darryl Warren and Associates

General Dentistry & Cosmetic Dentistry located in New Bern, NC

If you have minor tooth decay or damage, tooth-colored dental fillings at McCarthy Dental - Dr. Darryl Warren and Associates in New Bern, North Carolina, can restore your tooth to prevent complications. Darryl Warren, DDS, PA, and his expert team use the latest advances in dental equipment, materials, and procedures. Schedule an appointment with McCarthy Dental by phone or online to find out if dental fillings are right for you.

Dental Fillings Q & A

What are dental fillings?

Dental fillings are a type of tooth restoration that can repair teeth inflicted with decay, cracks, chips, or other minor damage. The McCarthy Dental team specializes in white composite restorations to perfectly match the color of your natural teeth.

Are dental fillings right for me?

To find out if you’re a good candidate for dental fillings at McCarthy Dental, your provider asks questions about your symptoms and oral health history. They examine your teeth and gums and take dental X-rays. For minor tooth decay, fluoride treatment might be all you need to restore and strengthen your teeth.

Fillings are often used to restore teeth with minor tooth decay. In the case of moderate to severe tooth decay or damage, your dentist might suggest an inlay, onlay, crown, root canal, or even tooth extraction combined with a bridge or dental implants. 

What should I expect during dental filling placement?

Prior to filling placement, your dentist numbs the treatment area so you avoid feeling any discomfort. They might use a small drill to clean out the decay and will disinfect your tooth before filling it with tooth-colored dental materials. 

When a filling hardens, it blends in with your natural teeth. There’s no downtime after getting a dental filling, so you can resume a normal daily routine right away.

How should I care for my new filling?

Take good care of your teeth, gums, and new filling by brushing your teeth twice daily using fluoride toothpaste. Make sure to floss every day. Avoid chewing on hard candy, ice, pens, and other hard objects. Wear a mouthguard at night if you grind your teeth. Eat a healthy diet rich in fruits and vegetables, but low in added sugar.

See the McCarthy Dental team every six months for a routine dental cleaning and exam. Call the office to schedule an appointment if your filling gets damaged or you experience any discomfort. They offer flexible scheduling to accommodate same-day appointments.

If you suspect tooth decay, experience tooth damage, or have an old dental filling that becomes loose or falls off, schedule an appointment with McCarthy Dental by phone or online today.