Dental Fillings in Kailua-Kona, HI

Fix Your Smile and Repair Damaged Teeth with Fillings

Patients dealing with cavities or tooth decay often encounter challenges in feeling confident about their smiles. Dental fillings at the Kailua-Kona, HI, office of Dr. Frederic Gaeta provide an effective solution to address cavities and shield teeth from further damage. Learn more about these strong, aesthetically pleasing tooth restorations by calling (808) 329-3314


What Are Dental Fillings?

digital image of composite fillings in teethDental fillings, also known as tooth-colored fillings, play a crucial role in both cavity protection and the restoration of the biting surface of your teeth. These tooth-colored composite fillings are designed to repair small holes and cracks in your teeth. This process enhances the appearance and functionality of your teeth, contributing to an overall healthier smile.

Types of Dental Fillings

Various materials are available for dental fillings, with silver (amalgam) and composite resin being the most popular options. During your initial consultation at our clinic, Dr. Gaeta will guide you in selecting the most suitable filling material tailored to your needs.


Benefits of Dental Fillings

Dental fillings offer a range of benefits, making them a common and effective solution for various dental issues. Some key advantages of composite fillings include:

  • Restoring Tooth Structure: Dental fillings are primarily employed to restore the structure and functionality of teeth that have been damaged by tooth decay or trauma.
  • Decay Prevention: By removing the decayed portion of the tooth and sealing the area with a filling, the growth of bacteria is halted, preventing the decay from spreading deeper into the tooth.
  • Pain Relief: The filling material acts as a sealant, preventing contact with hot, cold, or sweet substances, and offering relief from discomfort associated with exposed nerves.
  • Cosmetic Enhancement: Tooth-colored fillings, such as composite resin or porcelain, can be matched to the natural color of the tooth, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
  • Durability: Modern dental filling materials can last several years with proper oral hygiene and regular dental care.


Candidacy for Dental Fillings

dentist speaking to patientCandidacy for dental fillings is determined through an initial consultation with your dentist. Common scenarios that may indicate the need for dental treatment or fillings include:

  • Cavities: Dental fillings are commonly used to treat tooth decay or cavities. The decayed portion of the tooth is removed, and the resulting space is filled with a suitable material to restore the tooth’s structure and function.
  • Tooth Fractures: Dental fillings can repair minor to moderate tooth fractures or cracks. The filling material bonds to the tooth, reinforcing its structure and preventing further damage.
  • Worn Teeth: Teeth worn down due to grinding or other factors can be restored with dental fillings. The filling material replaces the lost tooth structure and protects the remaining tooth from further wear.
  • Chipped Teeth: If a tooth has a small chip or break, a dental filling can help restore its shape and function. The filling material is applied to the damaged area, providing an aesthetic and functional repair.

Determining your eligibility for dental fillings involves a comprehensive assessment by your dentist during an examination. If you have concerns about cavities, tooth decay, or other dental issues, scheduling a consultation with Dr. Gaeta is the first step to understanding your candidacy for dental fillings.


The Dental Fillings Process

Examination and Diagnosis

The dental filling process begins with a thorough examination by your dentist. During this initial step, the affected tooth and surrounding areas are assessed. X-rays may be taken for a detailed view of the tooth’s condition. Dr. Gaeta will diagnose the presence of tooth decay or any other issues that require a dental filling.

Tooth Preparation and Filling Placement

Young man smilingOnce diagnosed, Dr. Gaeta will numb the tooth using a local anesthetic to ensure a comfortable procedure. The next step involves the removal of damaged or decayed tissue from the filled tooth to create space for the filling. After preparing the tooth, Dr. Gaeta places the filling into the prepared cavity.

Bonding and Curing

A crucial bonding process follows to secure the filling material to the tooth structure. Dr. Gaeta may apply an adhesive or bonding agent to the prepared tooth surface before placing the filling material newly filled tooth. Using a curing light, the material is hardened and bonded to the tooth.

Bite Adjustment and Polishing

After the filling material has set and bonded to the tooth, Dr. Gaeta checks your bite for proper alignment and occlusion. Any necessary adjustments are made to ensure a comfortable and balanced bite. Finally, Dr. Gaeta polishes the material, providing a smooth surface and a natural-looking restoration that blends seamlessly with the surrounding teeth.


Aftercare for Dental Fillings

Following the dental filling procedure, it’s essential to observe proper aftercare to promote healing and maintain the longevity of the filling. Here are some crucial aftercare guidelines:

  • Avoid Hot or Cold Foods: Sensitivity is common after the procedure. To minimize discomfort, avoid consuming extremely hot or cold foods and beverages.
  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Continue your regular oral hygiene routine, including brushing and flossing. Use a fluoride toothpaste to strengthen the tooth structure.
  • Watch for Discomfort: It’s normal to experience mild discomfort or sensitivity for a short period after the filling. However, if persistent pain occurs, consult your dentist.
  • Follow Dietary Restrictions: While you can generally eat after getting a dental filling, start with softer foods and gradually resume your regular diet. This helps prevent any damage to the filling.
  • Attend Follow-Up Appointments: Attend scheduled follow-up appointments with your dentist for routine check-ups and to address any concerns related to the dental filling.


Financing Dental Crowns

Your smile is a lifelong asset, and we strive to simplify access to top-notch dental care with our financing options. Our Kailua-Kona office staff is dedicated to assisting with insurance claims and paperwork. Working collaboratively with your insurance provider, we ensure your coverage aligns with your budget and needs.

LendingClub: Hassle-Free Financing

To further facilitate your access to dental care, we partner with LendingClub, a trusted third-party financing service. LendingClub offers no-interest and low monthly payment options through easy online application processes. With various plans, you can choose the one that best suits your needs.


Frequently Asked Questions

How long do dental fillings last?
Are dental fillings painful?
Can I eat after getting a dental filling?
How long does it take to recover from a dental filling?

How long do dental fillings last?

The durability of dental fillings depends on various factors, including the type of filling material used and your oral hygiene practices. Generally, modern dental fillings can last several years with proper care. Routine dental check-ups and good oral hygiene contribute to the longevity of your fillings.

Are dental fillings painful?

The dental filling procedure is typically not painful as your dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the tooth before removing decayed tissue and placing the temporary filling. After the procedure, some patients may experience temporary sensitivity. If you feel persistent pain, it’s essential to consult your dentist.

Can I eat after getting a dental filling?

Yes, you can generally eat after getting a dental filling. Wait until the local anesthesia wears off to avoid accidentally biting your cheek or tongue. Start with soft foods and gradually resume your diet as any post-treatment discomfort diminishes.

How long does it take to recover from a dental filling?

Recovery time after a dental filling is minimal. You may experience some sensitivity or mild discomfort for a few hours after the procedure. It’s advisable to avoid hot or cold foods initially. Most patients resume normal activities immediately after the appointment. If you have concerns about your recovery, consult your dentist for personalized advice.

Repair Your Broken Teeth for a Stunning Smile!

By filling the gaps left by cavities, dental fillings enhance your teeth’s appearance and strengthen their structure, preventing further damage and decay. If you have concerns about cavities, tooth decay, or other dental issues, schedule an appointment with Dr. Gaeta. Our Kailua-Kona office is ready to provide personalized and professional dental care. 

Contact us at (808) 329-3314 or complete our online form to request an appointment. Our friendly team looks forward to helping you restore and protect your smile. We also welcome patients from Kalaoa, Holualoa, and Kahaluu-Keauhou, HI.

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