Dental Fillings


When a cavity (tooth decay) is detected, the infected tooth can be restored to health by removing the decay and using a filling material. This is known as a dental filling. The damage caused by the decay will be removed and replaced with state-of-the-art, tooth-colored resin or porcelain material. By blocking off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent future decay.

Receiving a Filling

  • The area will be numbed with a local anesthetic and the tooth prepared.
  • A dental drill will be used to remove the decay.
  • Bacteria and debris will be removed from the area.
  • The filling material will be placed.
  • A special light will be used to harden tooth-colored fillings.
  • The filling material will be trimmed and filed of any rough edges, then polished.
  • It usually takes a couple hours for the numbness to completely wear off.

Maintaining proper oral hygiene is crucial to caring for your restored tooth.