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Dental Fillings

Fix Cavities and Damaged Tooth Material

Dental fillings replace decayed or damaged tooth material when the cavity or damage is relatively small. In addition to protecting the tooth from further decay, fillings can reduce tooth sensitivity by covering areas that have lost their protective enamel.

Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings, are most widely used today.  Composite or “white” fillings are tooth-colored and can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. They are more aesthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

Fillings are very durable and will last for years. As with most dental restorations, they are not permanent and may someday need to be replaced.

Example Uses

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth
  • Worn teeth

The Procedure

Fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The space will be thoroughly cleaned and carefully prepared before the new filling is placed. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication will be applied for added protection. The filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.

It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed. This feeling will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.

If you think you might have need for a tooth filling, feel free to give us a call at (610) 933-3717. We look forward to hearing from you.