A filling is material that is added to a tooth to address a variety of treatment and cosmetic issues, including:

  • Chipped teeth
  • Closing space between two teeth
  • Cracked or broken teeth
  • Decayed teeth (cavity)
  • Worn teeth

There are several types of material that can be used in a filling but the most common are silver amalgams and composite (tooth colored) fillings. There are positive and negative aspects to each of these filling options, including cost and durability. Dr. Petrone will discuss these options with you to determine which one is right for your needs.

Composite Fillings

Many of our patients request a composite filling, especially for work done in the front of the mouth, because the filling color will match that of the existing tooth and is more aesthetically pleasing. As with most dental restorations, composite fillings are not permanent and may someday need to be replaced.  However, they are very durable, and will last for several years, giving you a long-lasting, beautiful smile.

Decayed Tooth Filling

If you have been told you have a cavity it means that part of the surface of your tooth is decayed. This issue must be addressed quickly to avoid further damage that could result in the need for more extensive treatment.

During the filling process, we will:

  • Numb the tooth;
  • Remove the decay;
  • Thoroughly clean the space and carefully prepare it for the placement of the filling;
  • Precisely place the filling; and
  • Shape and polish the filling.

When completed, your tooth is restored to its original shape and function. When a composite filling is used, it should blend with the tooth so that it is not apparent.

This is often a quick procedure that can be completed in one appointment.

Other Filling Needs

Fillings are not only used to address tooth decay. We use them to repair a crack in a tooth or to add a protective layer over severely worn teeth. Fillings, especially composite fillings, are also used for cosmetic purposes, such as narrowing a space between teeth or to restore a tooth after it has been chipped.

The procedure in these instances will be similar to the one above except that there will be no decay to be removed. It is usually completed in one appointment and the end result is a beautiful smile that should last for years to come.

Home Care

You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.


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