Dental FillingsAn Overview
Dental fillings are a routine procedure that can help treat and prevent the spread of tooth decay. Most people will experience tooth decay at some point in their adult life. For patients with mild to moderate decay, dental fillings are a safe, effective and comfortable dental treatment.
Our Fallston dentist office uses only tooth-colored dental fillings. “White” dental fillings are durable, attractive and highly compatible. A white filling blends in with your natural smile.
It is possible to replace old amalgam (silver) fillings with new, natural looking white fillings. Replacing metal fillings with white dental fillings can restore your smiles natural aesthetics and improve your oral health.
Dental Fillings FAQs
Why do I need a dental filling?
Dental fillings are primarily used as a cavity filling. A dental filling may also be used to restore a tooth after a root canal procedure. It is also possible to use dental fillings to treat teeth that have small chips or breaks.
Do I need a dental filling, an inlay or onlay?
The dentist will complete an evaluation to determine what type of dental filling is right for you. Typically, a composite dental filling is used for minor tooth decay or other damage. Inlays and onlays are used for large tooth cavities and to replace large old fillings.
Are dental fillings painful?
Dental fillings, inlays and onlays are relatively simple procedures. Most patients do not experience any pain during the procedure, though some report mild sensitivity.