Dental Smiles

Our Services: Restorative


You need a filling when tooth decay has caused a hole (cavity) to form on a tooth surface. If you don‘t get a filling, the cavity will get worse and lead to more severe problems, such as bone loss. It is important to start treatment before tooth decay becomes worse. More severe decay may cause pain and tooth loss and may require a costly crown, a root canal, or tooth removal (extraction).

Fillings can be made from many types of material. Talk to one of our dentist about which type would be best for you.

  • Amalgam is the easiest material for a dentist to use. It is the fastest and least costly choice. Amalgam is a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, or other metals.
  • Composite resins are tooth-colored fillings. Our dentist may use them on your front teeth, where appearance is important.
  • Ionomers are tooth-colored materials that dentists often use for small cavities or cavities in the grooves teeth. Some ionomers release small amounts of fluoride, which may help you if you often get cavities.
  • Ceramics are also tooth-colored fillings. They require special equipment and may require dental lab support. They last longer and are normally completed in two appointments.

How Well It Works:

A filling repairs the tooth and stops tooth decay. Over a long period of time, you may need to replace a worn-out filling.

Your filled tooth may be sensitive to heat and cold for days to weeks after you get the filling. Talk to one of our dentist about toothpastes that may help you with this discomfort. Also, tell your dentist if your teeth are too sensitive after you get a filling, because we can usually treat this problem.