What Are Dental Fillings?

Fillings are dental restorations used to repair damaged or decayed teeth. Different types of filling materials are available, including composite resin, porcelain/ceramic, and gold. The degree of the tooth's damage and the patient's preferences will determine the type of filling material employed.

Fillings are placed in the damaged area of a tooth to recover and restore its shape, size, and function. They also prevent further decay or damage from occurring by sealing off the affected area. Cavities, chipped or fractured teeth, and worn-down teeth can all be fixed with fillings.

At Healthy Smiles, we offer a variety of filling materials to meet the individual needs of our patients.

How it works?

A filling is a reasonably simple procedure that may typically be performed in just one visit to our dental office. The dentist will first inspect the tooth to establish the severity of the damage. They will next numb the region around the tooth with a local anesthetic to make the patient more comfortable.

The dentist will then remove the decayed or damaged portion of the tooth using a dental drill. Once the damaged area has been removed, the dentist will shape the remaining tooth to prepare it for the filling material. Soon after, the filling material is put into the cavity and molded to match the tooth's curves.

Ultimately, the dentist will harden the filling material using a special light to ensure it adheres firmly to the tooth. The patient can then resume their normal activities with their newly restored tooth.

Benefits Of Fillings

There are numerous benefits to getting fillings, including:

Restores tooth function: Fillings help restore your teeth' function, allowing you to chew and speak properly.

Prevents further damage: By filling cavities or damaged areas, the filling helps to prevent further decay or damage to the tooth.

Protects tooth structure: Fillings help to maintain the structure of your teeth and prevent them from becoming weak or brittle.

Quick and easy: Filling procedures are quick and easy, usually taking only one appointment to complete.

Aesthetically pleasing: Fillings may be matched to the color of your natural teeth thanks to the availability of tooth-colored composite resin, making them almost unnoticeable.

Durability: With good maintenance, fillings may survive for several years or even decades, depending on function and home care.

Easy Maintenance: Fillings are easy to maintain with regular brushing, flossing, and dental check-ups, ensuring they last for years to come.

Affordable Option: Fillings are cost-effective for repairing damaged teeth, providing a long-lasting solution at half as much as other treatments.

At Healthy Smiles, we believe in providing our patients with exceptional dental care, and that includes using the latest techniques and materials for fillings. Please contact us if you need fillings to restore your teeth or save them from further damage.