Isaac Lin DDS Santana Park Dental Care
In general, a filling takes an hour or less. A simple filling may take as little as 20 minutes. A larger filling or multiple fillings can take longer. Also, depending on the materials used for the filling, it could take longer, or require a second visit.
1. Composite resin material that’s layered into your tooth takes more time, but it’s completed in one visit.2. Some composite fillings may be made from an impression and require a second visit to bond the filling.3. Gold or porcelain fillings, also called inlays or onlays, usually can’t be done in one sitting. In the first visit, the cavity will be removed and an impression will be made of your tooth, which is sent to a lab to fabricate the filling. In the next visit, the filling is bonded to your tooth.4. Replacing an older filling takes about the same amount of time as the original filling or slightly longer if the old filling material has to be drilled out. The cavity and old filling material are cleaned out and new filling material inserted.