Fillings

Restore your tooth’s health, back to its normal function and shape with fillings

If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out the cavity with a filling material. A filling helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter. There are a few filling materials available, composite and porcelain. The dentist will work with you to determine which material is best, depending on the extent of repair, where the filling is needed, and cost. Each filling material is briefly explained below:

Composite resins are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years and may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time.

Porcelain fillings are called inlays are custom created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth, resist staining, and are about the same cost as gold fillings. If decay or a fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown, or cap, may be recommended.