Dental fillings are used to repair teeth with minor damage or decay. This commonly used restoration will seal off voids or cavities on a tooth. Once a filling is placed, harmful bacteria and food particles can no longer access the inner structure of the tooth and cause further damage.
During a filling procedure, our dental professionals will remove the decay (the material that has become soft due to bacteria) and replace it with a composite material that will harden and fill in the missing tooth structure. It will then be shaped to fit your natural tooth and bite pattern. Fillings are typically used when there has been a minor amount of damage or decay, including cavities. This procedure can be achieved in one appointment.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss 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 more visible areas of the mouth. These are both very durable and will last many years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.
If you have experienced minor damage or decay to a tooth, it’s best to remove it and fill in the space before there is more extensive damage or decay done. To learn more about your options or to schedule an appointment, please call our dental office at (208) 219-7604.