Dental Fillings
Dental Fillings2022-01-05T18:46:57-09:00

Dental Filling

Decay is disastrous in the dental world and a widespread oral health concern no matter your age. Cavities commonly form and require a filling to clear the decayed area and fill the space to create a smooth, natural appearance and surface in the tooth. Prompt response helps avoid further and more extensive dental procedures such as crowns, root canals, or extraction. iSmile provides immediate treatment for cavities with tooth-colored composite fillings.

A dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if a tooth has been damaged by decay (for example, if it has a cavity) or suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and return your smile to good health. There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam fillings and composite fillings.

The process for placing a dental filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Our dentist will first remove the decayed and damaged portion of the tooth, then clean it to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the area with the filling material and shape it to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened by our dentist for a lasting restoration.

If one of your teeth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be an excellent choice for restoring your oral health and function. We invite you to call or visit us today to learn more about dental fillings and schedule your next appointment with our dentist and team. We look forward to caring for your smile!

How can I prevent cavities?2021-09-13T10:20:43-09:00

Routine visits to iSmile for proper professional dental cleanings and exams. We can discuss practicing good oral hygiene, brushing, flossing, and rinsing your mouth during your preventative visits and perhaps considering dental sealants or fluoride treatments if encouraged by our dental team.

How are cavities identified?2021-09-13T10:14:42-09:00

Through X-rays and a visual inspection by the dentist. Often cavities may cause unpleasant symptoms such as:

  • Toothaches
  • Sensitivity
  • Discoloration or dark spots
  • Bite discomfort
  • Holes or crevasses in your teeth
How are cavities formed?2022-01-02T11:40:36-09:00

When oral bacteria consume sugar and plaque deposits, an acid is formed, decaying the natural enamel of your teeth, forming a cavity. Dental fillings help remove the cavity and restore the remaining natural tooth with a tooth-colored composite.

Can a cavity go away on its own?2021-09-13T10:19:38-09:00

Ignoring a cavity will only allow it to grow. This is because holes are formed and can lead to larger or more cavities. Routine cleanings help our dental team identify cavities before they are troublesome. If you have fallen off your regular cleaning schedule and think you may have a cavity call today for a consultation.

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