What Is a Dental Filling?

A common treatment – dental fillings can be made from a variety of materials, and are used to seal the space that was caused by a cavity. This prevents further decay from spreading and causing worse issues for your teeth. 

Types of Fillings

The type of filling you receive will be based on your specific needs. They may include:

Amalgam fillings: Durable and long lasting, though they do not match the natural color of your tooth as they are made of silver. 

Gold fillings: Similar to amalgam fillings, but made of gold. Some prefer the look, though they often cost more. 

Composite resin fillings: A mixture of plastic and fine glass particles, these fillings are fairly durable and can match your natural tooth color.

Porcelain fillings: Good quality fillings that may match the color of your natural tooth and resist staining. 


Do fillings ever need to be replaced?

Fillings last several years, depending on the type you recieve. They may need to be replaced over time. 

Does it hurt to get a filling?

We take every step possible to ensure your comfort while we fight against decay and place your filling.
How long until I can function normally after the filling?

You can use your tooth like normal shortly after a filling, with slight caution.