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DENTAL FILLINGS

The best way to describe dental fillings to patients is to "fill" the area of the tooth that is decayed or chipped. A filling may also be recommended if there is a minor fracture in the tooth. The most common type of filling material now is a composite resin material also known as a "white filling".

There are many advantages to having a filling such as: 

  • Bonded directly to tooth structure to provide additional support

  • Match the aesthetics of natural teeth

  • Can last many years

  • Some filling materials can release fluoride to safeguard the tooth from additional or recurring decay

  • Improved tooth functionality 

To place a dental filling the dentist will remove the decayed, chipped or fractured tooth structure with a dental hand piece. Once the tooth is prepared, a bonding material is used which acts like a glue to hold the filling in place. The filling material is then placed in the prepared area in thin layers and it is hardened with a special light. When the last layer is finished the dentist will then shape the filling so it feels and looks natural.