dental fillingsDental fillings are used to fill cavities and repair cracked or broken teeth. Fillings can be done with white composite resin, or silver amalgam, but is most commonly done with composite resin fillings that are designed to match the color of your teeth.

Additional steps are required for tooth-colored fillings because it requires multiple layers and a special light to dry and harden the area around the filling.

To fill a tooth, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the area around the tooth. A laser or drill will be used to remove the decayed area and prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. After your filling is complete, the white filling is instantly hard and can be used to eat and chew right away.

The procedure can vary in time and cost depending on the extent of the damage to the tooth. If you have any questions about fillings, please call our office today.