Most people experience dental decay at some point in their lives, which is why dental fillings are a very common procedure that our team specializes in. However, tooth decay has a nasty habit of going unnoticed, so there are lots of people who need dental fillings, but never get them. Fillings are an important part of preventing the spread of harmful bacteria, so make sure to visit the dentist regularly to ensure that a dental filling is not needed.
Types of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings are used to restore a tooth’s structural integrity and functionality. They replace the damaged or decayed portion of a tooth to make the tooth whole and completely usable once more. Fillings also stop the process of decay itself, which prevents your tooth from having to eventually be removed.
There are many different types of dental fillings:
- Composite Fillings
- Ceramic Fillings
- Gold Tooth Fillings
- Silver Tooth Fillings
Typically, we recommend composite fillings because they match the color of the tooth that they will be placed on. This type of filling has the appearance that no filling was ever done, restoring the original look of the tooth.
Dental Fillings Procedure
The process of getting a dental filling is very simple and relatively painless. There are two steps in this procedure: The first is to prepare the tooth for the placement of the dental filling. This is usually done by removing the existing decay and thoroughly cleaning the affected area. The second and final step is to fill the tooth with a restorative material, usually made from a composite resin, or “tooth-colored filling.”
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