A dental filling is a restoration used to repair minor to moderate tooth damage. We may recommend a filling if your tooth has been damaged by tooth decay (for example, if your tooth has a cavity), or if your tooth suffers from minor fracturing or chipping. The dental filling is used to restore the tooth to its original structure and function and to return your smile to good health. There are two main types of dental fillings available: amalgam fillings and composite fillings. Most patients prefer white composite fillings over silver metal fillings. Composite dental fillings are made using a strong and durable material, composite resin, which Dr. Lawrence H. Zabner carefully matches to your natural tooth color for an aesthetic effect.

 

The process for placing a filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Our dentist will first remove the decayed and damaged portion of your tooth, and then clean the tooth to remove all traces of decay. We then fill the tooth with the filling material and shape it to match your tooth’s shape. Finally, the filling is hardened for a lasting restoration. Depending on your individual dental condition, our gentle dentist may use air abrasion (also known as micro abrasion), which utilizes tiny particles in a very thin stream of air to precisely and accurately remove damage and decay. With air abrasion technology, your dental filling is smaller and your tooth stays stronger.

 

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