Dental Fillings

What is a Dental Filling?

A filling is a way to restore a tooth, damaged by decay, back to its normal function and shape. By closing off the area where bacteria has entered, a filling also helps prevent further decay. When your dentist gives you a filling, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, and then cleans the affected area before filling the cleaned cavity with a filling material.


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How do I know if I need a filling?

Only your dentist can detect whether you have a cavity that needs to be filled. Therefore annual checkups that include x-rays are so important. However, if you experience any of the following, you should make an appointment:

What type of filling is best?

No one type of filling is best for everyone. The choice will be determined by the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and the cost.

Filling choices include:

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