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Dental fillings are used to replace tooth decay, so they are often referred to as “dental cavities.” Dental fillings are needed to restore the shape and function of your teeth when they are damaged. Dental fillings are made of metal, plastic, composites, porcelain, gold alloys, glass ionomer cements or acrylic resins. A filling usually has a rough surface that is shaped to match the surrounding teeth so that it looks natural when you smile.

At Olson Family Dentistry, we prefer to utilize innovative and advanced composite dental fillings made of tooth-colored materials in our office. This substance is constructed of porcelain or composite resin. On the front teeth, where a natural appearance is vital, tooth-colored fillings are employed. Depending on the location and amount of the tooth decay, they can also be utilized on the back teeth. In the end, a well-informed discussion between you and your dentist will determine the material to use for your tooth filling. 

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Reasons why people need dental fillings:


  • Cavities require prompt dental fillings.
  • Even small holes in teeth can benefit from dental fillings.
  • A dental filling can be used to repair a fractured tooth.
  • Dental fillings can be used to treat discolored teeth.
  • Dental fillings can help repair a damaged tooth.

How are composite fillings placed?

Composite fillings are typically placed in a single visit. Your dentist will remove decay as needed while the tooth is numb. Before the new infill is placed, the area will be completely cleaned and prepared. If the decay is close to the tooth’s nerve, a specific medicine will be used to provide additional protection. The composite filling will then be precisely inserted, contoured, and polished to restore the shape and function of your tooth. It is normal to experience sensitivity to hot and cold when composite fillings are first placed, however this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.

At the conclusion of your treatment, you will be given care instructions. Your new fillings will last longer if you practice good oral care, eat well, and visit the dentist on a regular basis.

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