How do dental fillings work?

Dental filings are used to help restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay. Fillings seal off the affected area and keep unwanted bacteria out. This prevents the tooth from further deterioration and decay. Depending on the severity of the cavity, our team will help determine which type of filling is best for you. Many patients would like the cavity to blend in with their natural teeth. Composite fillings are typically the popular choice for patients because they are both durable and match the color of natural teeth.

What types of fillings are available?

Composite Fillings:

Composite fillings are made out of a tooth-colored resin material. Typically composite fillings are used for smaller cavities, and tend to be a popular choice because they blend in nicely.

Porcelain Fillings:

Porcelain fillings are custom made out of the mouth. This type of filling is made using a process referred to as milling. When the filling is ready cement material is used to affix the filling to the tooth. Porcelain fillings are very durable and can last longer compared to other types of fillings.

Amalgam Fillings:

Amalgam or metal fillings have been used for years. This type of filling is a more inexpensive option compared to other filling types, and is durable. Amalgam fillings are silver in color, and do not blend in as easily as other fillings do.

What happens during a filling procedure?

During a filling procedure we use local anesthesia to numb the area and keep our patients comfortable and relaxed. The decay inside the cavity is cleaned out, and the area is then sealed to keep bacteria out. The filling is shaped and molded to match the shape of the surrounding tooth. Once the filling process is complete, the tooth’s functionality is restored.

If you would like to find out more about fillings, please contact our office to schedule an appointment.