Tooth Fillings

Tooth Fillings are used to replace missing tooth structure caused by cavities and to repair broken teeth.
Tooth Fillings

Do I Need A Tooth Filling?

Tooth fillings, or tooth restorations, are necessary to restore teeth that are damaged or decayed. Cavities are restored using tooth colored restorations that match the shade of the existing teeth to ensure they look “natural.” The purpose of a filling is to seal the tooth to help prevent further damage. Permanent tooth fillings are very durable and last many years.

A filling is a composite resin that is tooth colored. Tooth fillings are used on teeth with minor decay or fractures.  

The composite resin material is applied to fill in the cavity. It is bonded to the tooth and “light cured” to create a hardened restoration. The tooth filling is then finished and polished. The bite of the patient is then checked to make sure the patient is not biting on the new restoration. This will help minimize any discomfort after the procedure.

Tooth Fillings

How Long Does It Take A Cavity To Form?

Cavities can take many months or years to form depending on diet and oral hygiene. If a cavity gets too deep, it can begin to infect the pulp of the tooth and cause pain. A dental filling is necessary to restore the tooth before the cavity gets too deep.

Should I Remove My Amalgam Fillings?

The ADA has confirmed the safety of existing amalgam fillings. If an existing amalgam has an adequate seal, then it should only be replaced if the patient has esthetic concerns. 

How Long Do Tooth Fillings Last?

One of the most important factors determining the longevity of a filling is oral hygiene. It is essential to keep the restoration and the tooth clean with proper brushing and flossing. Practicing good oral hygiene can help the filling last many years