Sikora Family Dentistry

23755 Lorain Road

North Olmsted, OH 44070



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Monday 8 am - 5 pm
Tuesday 8 am - 5 pm
Wednesday 7 am - noon
Thursday 8:30 am - 6:30 pm
Friday Closed
Saturday* 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
* One Saturday per month


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Why Fillings Are Important

young woman sitting in dentist chair with a dentist holding a drill to her tooth while a technician looks on

Fillings have a reputation for being overly painful and costly, which might discourage you from getting the dental care your teeth need to remain healthy. Our staff at Sikora Family Dentistry have been helping families in North Olmsted, Ohio, and the surrounding communities with their oral health needs for nearly 30 years. Your comfort is one of our biggest concerns, so we make sure you get a positive experience that's as pain-free as possible when it's time for a filling.

What Are Fillings?

When tooth decay destroys part of your tooth, a hole, called a cavity, remains. Cavities contain bacteria that continue to destroy your tooth if left unchecked. To treat the cavity, our dentists remove the decayed portion of your tooth using a dental drill and then fill the area to restore the function and integrity of the missing tooth structure. Fillings may also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth. The most common filling materials are silver amalgam or tooth-colored composite resin, but most dentists use composite resin.

Do Fillings Hurt?

Any dental procedure can cause some discomfort, but we do everything possible to ensure your filling is as pain-free as possible. We start by rubbing an oral anesthetic on your gums before injecting a local anesthetic into the area around the tooth to numb your gums and jaw. We remove the decay with a dental drill and manual tools, but you should only feel some pressure on your tooth as it's being prepared. There's no pain when we insert the filling and any pain you've previously experienced from the cavity is eliminated.

Are Fillings Expensive?

The cost for fillings first depends on whether you have dental insurance, which typically covers a portion of the cost after you've paid your deductible. Other cost factors include the type of material used for the filling, the location of the tooth in your mouth, the extent of the work required, and the number of surfaces being filled.

While fillings are more expensive than basic dental check-ups, they're less expensive than the dental procedures you might require if you ignore a cavity and wait too long to get a filling. As a cavity continues to destroy your tooth, eventually the damage is too large to fix with a simple filling. When this happens, you may need more extensive and expensive dental work, such as a root canal and a crown, or you may lose the tooth altogether. Replacing a missing tooth is much more costly, time-consuming, and painful than fillings.

Why Are Fillings Important?

Without a filling, even a minor cavity could seriously compromise the health and function of your teeth. When a cavity results from tooth decay, it could:

Removing tooth decay prevents further damage, but it doesn't fix the damage that's already been done to your tooth. That's where the full importance of fillings come in. Fillings can save a tooth by:

When you get a filling, our dentists mold its material to match the shape of the tooth and effectively restore your tooth's health, strength, and functionality. Using composite fillings, we can even match the tooth's natural color, so you won't even notice the filling is there.

We Protect Your Teeth And Smile

Drs. William and Christine Sikora offer compassionate, patient-focused treatment and want you and your entire family to have a healthy, beautiful smile you'll love to share. We're here to answer any questions or address any concerns you might have about our dental procedures, including the importance of dental fillings. Let us help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health with the dental care your teeth need. Contact us at 440-779-8730 to discuss your dental needs or request an appointment online today.