Tooth Fillings

Tooth decay and cavities are common dental issues. Receiving a tooth-colored filling to restore your tooth helps prevent the problem from developing into something worse.

Tooth Fillings

A dental filling is a common and effective treatment that repairs cavities and minor damage to teeth. We offer two types of fillings, composite and amalgam, in our practice, both of which meet high safety and quality standards. Our patients can choose the filling that suits them best.

We know that dental procedures can be stressful, but fillings are a routine and proven way to maintain good oral health. Composite and amalgam fillings are both safe and long-lasting options.

We believe in using plain language to communicate with our patients. If you have any questions about dental fillings or which option is right for you, please don’t hesitate to ask us. We’re here to help you make informed decisions about your oral health.

A detailed 3D rendering of three molars in a gum line being examined by a dental probe and mirror, showcasing grey fillings in the teeth.
  • How do cavity fillings work?

    Cavity and tooth fillings are required because of the deterioration of holes left in the tooth due to tooth decay. Left unchecked, the decay will continue to spread and damage the tooth. During the filling procedure, dentists clean away the decay inside the cavity, usually with a drill to prevent further damage. But this doesn’t fix the damage that has already been created, so a filling is necessary. The filling intends to replace the part of the tooth that is missing or destroyed by tooth decay. The dentist molds the filling to match the shape of the surrounding tooth, which restores the strength and integrity of the tooth and prevents further decay from happening.

  • What types of filling materials are available?

    There are several types of materials available that are used for fillings, which include gold, porcelain, silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper), tooth-colored plastic, and composite resin fillings. There is also a material that contains glass particles and is known as glass ionomer. This material is used in ways similar to the use of composite resin fillings. Which type is used depends on your child’s dentist, the extent and location of the tooth decay, and sometimes, your insurance coverage.

More Questions?

If you have more questions about tooth fillings and sealants, please contact our office, request an appointment for your child, or explore the other pediatric dental services we provide using the links below.

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