Composite Dental Fillings in Jonesboro, AR

Dental fillings are a common restorative dental treatment, and even patients who take great care of their teeth and gums may wind up with a cavity or two at some point in their lives. If you believe you may have a cavity or you know for sure that you have one and are looking for an experienced dentist in Jonesboro to help, please get in touch with our team! Dr. Bartel can provide you with a durable dental filling and have you smiling big again in no time.

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How will I know if I need a dental filling?

It’s not always easy for patients to tell when tooth decay has affected one or more of their teeth, which is one of the many reasons why we recommend that patients visit our office for routine dental cleanings and exams. If you happen to notice black or brown spots or holes in a tooth, or you experience sudden tooth pain or sensitivity, especially when you bite down, that can indicate that decay has developed. If you believe you may need a dental filling placed or you think a current filling has been lost or damaged, please don’t hesitate to contact our office.

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Are dental fillings painful?

Local anesthetic is always used to completely numb the teeth and gums before tooth decay is removed and a filling is placed. You will likely feel some pressure while Dr. Bartels is working on the tooth, but local anesthetic is excellent at blocking pain signals from being sent to the brain. If you are nervous about your visit or just want to feel more relaxed while laying in the dental chair, please feel free to ask our team about our dental sedation options. Dental sedation is a safe and effective way to reduce dental anxiety and help your appointment fly by!

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Are there any alternatives to dental fillings?

While you may find home remedies that claim to reverse tooth decay online, the truth is that tooth decay is permanent. Cavities are small holes that are created in teeth by harmful bacteria, and teeth cannot heal themselves or grow back. It is estimated that around 90% of Americans will develop at least one cavity in their lives, so tooth decay is nothing to be ashamed of. Our team will do our best to help you avoid cavities as much as possible, but should decay develop, we encourage you to visit our office for a filling before a more invasive treatment like a root canal becomes required.

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