What is a filling?

When treating a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. This procedure is called a filling.

Dentists use multiple types of material in the fillings they offer. The most common are composite fillings and amalgam fillings.

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Benefits Of Composite Fillings

They Look Like Natural Teeth

A composite resin filling is also known as a tooth colored filling because the material used in the filling can be closely matched to the color of your teeth.

They Preserve More Of Your Real Tooth

Composite fillings typically require removing less of your tooth than an amalgam filling, enabling your real tooth to last longer.

They Last For 10+ Years

Composite fillings sometimes have a bad reputation for a short life span. However, new versions of white fillings often last for over a decade — sometimes much longer.

White tooth fillings are also particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look.

When can a composite filling be used?

  • Decayed tooth (i.e., cavity)
  • Chipped or broken teeth
  • Decreasing the gap between teeth

How It’s Done

After the dentist numbs the area where the filling is to be placed, he will remove any decayed portions of your tooth. A substance is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond. The substance is hardened and cured with a special light. Once this is complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothed and polished to fit your bite comfortably.

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