How Long Do Cavity Fillings Take & What to Expect

Man with a cavity, suffering from a toothache

It’s common to have questions about ordinary dental procedures like cavity fillings.

A filling generally takes an hour or less. However, this can vary depending on factors like the location or complexity of the cavity. 

We’ll walk you through what to expect at Northside Dental Clinic in Springfield, MO, from the duration of cavity filling, potential discomfort, and estimated costs.

What to Expect at the Dentist’s Office for a Cavity

Getting a cavity filled can be nerve-wracking, but understanding the process can help alleviate some anxiety. Our team is dedicated to providing a comfortable experience for patients.

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When you arrive, you’ll be greeted by reception staff who will assist you with any paperwork or administrative tasks. If you have an upcoming appointment at Northside Dental, you can access these forms ahead of time!

Be prepared to share your medical history and discuss any concerns you may have with the dentist. Open communication ensures your dentist is aware of your needs.

After a thorough examination, including X-rays, your dentist will assess the extent of the cavity. From there, our team will determine the appropriate course of action. 

How Long Do Cavity Fillings Take? 

The time it takes to fill a cavity can vary depending on factors such as its size and location and the type of filling material chosen.

A routine cavity filling typically takes around or less than an hour. However, more extensive or complex cases require additional time. 

Is it Painful to Fill a Cavity? 

The fear of pain is a significant concern when you’re about to get a cavity filled. Fortunately, our team’s expertise and local anesthesia significantly reduce discomfort.

Our team uses a local anesthetic to numb the area before the procedure, ensuring you won’t feel pain during the process. While you may experience some pressure or mild discomfort, it should not be painful.

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Feeling a little numbness for a few hours after the procedure is normal as the anesthetic wears off. Avoid hot or cold foods and beverages to prevent accidental burns or discomfort during this time.

How Much Does It Cost to Fill a Cavity? 

Generally, as we keep our pricing transparent, you can expect to pay $113 to $232 for a filling, depending on the number of surfaces that need a filling. 

The cost of cavity fillings varies based on the severity of the cavity, the type of filling material used, and the geographical location of your dentist’s office.  Our team is committed to providing transparent pricing and discussing financial considerations before any procedure.

We offer patients composite, tooth-colored fillings. Composite fillings look natural and are a less invasive approach than classic silver-colored or amalgam fillings. 

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Fillings at Northside Dental  

If you find yourself facing a cavity and are uncertain about the process of getting it filled, rest assured the team at Northside Dental Clinic is dedicated to providing a seamless experience. 

Schedule an appointment or call (417) 862-2468 to discuss your options for a healthier, more confident smile.