Dental Fillings

Fixing Cavities & Minor Teeth
Damage with Dental 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. 

If one of your teeth is decayed or damaged, a dental filling may be a great choice for restoring your oral health and function. Contact 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!

Woman's smile with a dental mirror sitting on her bottom teeth.

Frequently Asked Questions

The composite material that today’s dental fillings are made of is relatively strong and durable material that can last anywhere from 2 to 10 years in a patient’s mouth. This ultimately depends a few factors such as the location of the filling, the size of the filling, clenching and eating habits and the patient’s dental hygiene. Bruxism and clenching can easily break fillings.

The procedure to place a dental filling involves a local anesthetic, known as freezing, to numb the sensory nerves of the tooth and the surrounding area. No pain should be felt when getting a filling placed at the dentist. It is possible to experience some slight tenderness and discomfort following the that should subside within a few days.

Technically, there is no limit to how many cavities a dentist can fill at one time. At Skyline Dental Associates, we know how long it takes for us to complete our dental filling procedures depending on the size, number and location of cavities that need to be filled. If there are multiple cavities in the same area of your mouth, we usually try to fill all of those cavities in a single appointment if possible. Patients with multiple large cavities generally require more than one appointment to have them all filled.

Composite fillings harden immediately during the curing process where we shine an LED light on the material. Eating immediately after a filling procedure is fine, however we would recommend you wait until the local anesthetic wears off as there is a risk of biting down hard on your cheek or tongue and causing damage to them that you might not feel. 

It is normal for new fillings to feel a little gritty for a few days following the procedure. As the filling starts to see use while you eat, and brush your teeth, the grit wears away, leaving a smooth filling in the tooth.