Dental Filling

What Are Dental Fillings, and Are They Necessary?

Dental fillings are used to fill holes in teeth created by tooth decay. They are a restorative dental procedure to help reinstate the integrity and function of the affected tooth.

To help prevent further decay and infection, fillings are a necessary part of oral care. As one of the most common dental procedures performed, most people will need at least one filling at some point in their lifetime.

Do Cavity Fillings Hurt?

With the tools of modern dentistry, getting a cavity filled typically does not hurt at all. Novacaine is typically used to numb the area, so you don’t feel any discomfort. Fillings can actually even help eliminate pain caused by decay, so you don’t have any discomfort during or after treatment.

How Much Are Dental Fillings?

The price of a cavity filling varies greatly depending on a number of factors, such as your geographic location, the skill of your dentist, and the type of filling you choose. Fillings can be made from a number of materials, the most common of which are amalgam and resin-based composite.

Amalgam fillings may cost $50 to $300, depending on how many surfaces of the tooth are being treated. Composite fillings may cost $90 to $450, also depending on how many surfaces are being filled. Whether you have dental insurance and what your insurance covers will affect how much you spend out of pocket for fillings.

Where Should You Go for Dental Fillings in Southern Maryland?

For restorative dental care including dental fillings, your best choice is the dentists at the practice of Dr. Joseph T. Luke, DDS, MS. We also offer other treatments for tooth decay, as well as preventive options such as dental sealants.

Contact us today at 301-475-8100 in Leonardtown or 410-326-6466 in Lusby, and let us extend the life of your smile with dental fillings in Southern Maryland.