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A dental filling is a dental restoration that can repair a tooth that has decay. The filling will restore the tooth’s proper shape and function. Dr. Frederick Prehn will remove the decayed area of the tooth and then fill the area with the dental filling material.

How do I know if I need a dental filling?
The tried and true method for determining if you need a dental filling visiting Prehn Dental Offices at least twice a year. When you visit our office, the surfaces of each tooth will be examined. If anything looks abnormal, our dentist will examine it with special instruments. Depending on your oral health needs, X-rays may also be taken.

How is a dental filling placed?
In preparation for placing a dental filling in Wausau, Wisconsin, Dr. Frederick Prehn will numb the area. The tooth decay is then removed. The area is then cleaned of debris and bacteria. After the area has been tested to ensure that all decay has been removed, our dentist will place the dental filling. If a composite filling, which is also called a tooth-colored filling, is used, it is placed in layers. After each layer is placed, it is cured with a special light. Once all of the layers are in place, the final filling is shaped and polished.

What should I expect after treatment?
Sometimes, tooth sensitivity occurs after a dental filling is placed. The most common cause of tooth sensitivity after a dental filling is placed is that the dental filling is too high. Call our office to have the height of the filling reduced. If your dental filling is not too high, any tooth sensitivity should resolve in one to two weeks. Contact our office if it persists.

We invite you to call our dental office at 715-842-1270 today for more information and to schedule your next appointment.