Tooth Fillings

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

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 are not noticeable. The purpose is to seal off the tooth to help prevent food and other matter from getting underneath and causing further harm to the tooth. Permanent tooth fillings are very durable and last many years.

A filling is a composite resin that is tooth colored. They are a very safe material and can be used on both back and front teeth. 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 to ensure smoothness. The bite is then checked to make sure the patient is not biting on the new restoration. This will prevent any discomfort after the procedure.


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 nerve of the tooth and cause pain. A dental filling is necessary to restore the tooth before the cavity gets too deep and causes bigger problems.

Should I Remove My Amalgam Fillings?

The ADA has confirmed the safety of existing amalgam fillings. If an existing amalgam has a good seal on a tooth, then it should only be removed for esthetic reasons. At our office, we do not place amalgam fillings. Coastal Smiles Dental Care chooses to use only composite resin for fillings because they are much more esthetically pleasing.

How Long Do Tooth Fillings Last On Front Teeth?

Often times patients think that fillings on front teeth break down more quickly than back teeth, but this is not necessarily true. Restorations that are on solid tooth structure can last many years even on front teeth. The most important factor is keeping the restoration and the tooth very clean. Practicing good oral hygiene can help the filling remain intact.
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