What is a filling?

A dental filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, and so forth. In just one dental appointment, the decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed, cleaned, and filled. Dental fillings can restore your teeth so you can enjoy a healthy, beautiful smile.

Are there different kinds of fillings?

Yes.  Traditional fillings are silver in color.  In addition, cosmetic or composite fillings can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth. There are further options aesthetically suited for use in the front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth.

What happens when I get a filling?

The procedure is usually completed in one appointment. In preparing your tooth for the filling, the doctor will remove all decay, and thoroughly clean your tooth. If the decay was near the nerve of the tooth, a special medication may be applied for your protection. After preparation, the composite filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished.

At the conclusion of your treatment, you will be given care instructions and advice from your doctor. It is normal to feel sensitivity to your filling when the treatment is first performed.  If you are concerned about your fillings, please contact your doctor immediately.

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