A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures
or trauma. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled
with a composite (tooth colored) or amalgam (silver) filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages
and disadvantages. During your appointment, we discuss with you the best options
for restoring your teeth. Composite fillings, along with silver amalgam fillings,
are the most widely used today. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they
can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more aesthetically
suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.
Fillings are considered a permanent restoration but may someday have to be replaced.
They are very durable, and will last many years, giving you a long lasting, beautiful
Reasons for fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are fillings placed?
Fillings are usually placed in one appointment. While the tooth is numb, we will
remove decay as necessary. The space will then 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, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the
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.