A filling repairs and restores a tooth that has been damaged by decay, fracture or wear. When a tooth is not repaired at its early stages, it will worsen leading to additional or alternative dental treatments. With proper care and routine oral hygiene, a tooth colored filling has a lifespan of 5-7 years, depending upon the type of filling material used.
Tooth sensitivity is the most common early warning sign of compromised enamel due to decay, fracture or wear. If a damaged tooth surface is not treated early, your discomfort will increase.
A Filling is recommended when:
- The enamel of a tooth is damaged due to decay, fracture or wear.
- A tooth needs to be evened out to improve your ability to bite or chew.
After a thorough exam of your teeth, gums and supporting bone structure, our dentists will discuss treatment options with you and answer your questions. If the agreed-upon treatment is a tooth colored filling, our dentists will:
- Numb the tooth to be treated with local anesthetic
- Remove the decayed or damaged tooth surface
- Clean the prepared tooth to remove debris and bacteria
- Place the tooth colored filling shade matched to your tooth
- Cure the filling with a blue light to completely harden the filling
- Smooth, shape and polish the tooth to look and feel as natural as possible