Fillings are essential in repairing compromised teeth. Cavities and fractured teeth can cause discomfort but can easily be remedied with a dental filling. Dental fillings have been around for centuries and have evolved significantly over the last few decades. Cavities are undoubtedly the most common reason for needing a filling, but there are additional reasons worth noting. Dr. Evans and Goold at Gentle Dentistry can evaluate your teeth and determine your dental needs with a simple consultation. 


What are Fillings? 


Dental fillings are used to fill cavities and repair fractured teeth or worn-down teeth. Dental fillings are most commonly made of gold porcelain, silver amalgam, or a tooth-colored composite, which has grown in popularity recently. Each type of filling serves a different purpose. At Gentle Dentistry, we offer two types of fillings: amalgam and composite fillings. 


Amalgam Fillings: Dental amalgam is a mixture of metals consisting of liquid mercury and a powder alloy composed of silver, tin, and copper. The substance is a putty-like consistency that rapidly hardens into a solid filling. Dental amalgam fillings are often called ‘silver fillings’ because of their metallic appearance. To place an amalgam filling, Dr. Goold or Dr. Evans will first drill the tooth to remove any decay and then shape the tooth for the filling. 


Composite Fillings: Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, are ideal for people who prefer their fillings to look more natural. It generally takes longer to place a composite filling because the tooth must be completely clean and dry during the procedure. Once the composite is layered into the cavity, it must be cured by a special light to set the material. Dr. Goold or Dr. Evans will then contours the tooth and polish it. 


Why Do I Need Fillings? 


Only a dentist can tell if a cavity will require repair. If cavities are causing pain or discomfort, contact our office to schedule an appointment today to determine if you need a filling. A filling can improve the structure of your teeth and eliminate any discomfort you might be experiencing. Cavities are caused by sugar left on the teeth, which then turns into an acid that eats away at your teeth. Neglecting to get a cavity filled can cause the tooth to decay even more. Even the most minuscule holes can benefit from dental fillings. A minor fracture might compromise the integrity of your teeth. 


Filling cavities can prevent further decay and help improve the structure of your teeth. Deciding to ignore a cavity or fractured tooth can cause further discomfort and even affect the nerves beneath your teeth. It’s important to schedule regular checkups so our staff can evaluate your cavities and continue monitoring your teeth. If you are experiencing difficulty chewing or pain when your teeth meet, it might be time to contact Gentle Dentistry to evaluate your teeth. 


Filling Procedure 


A Dental filling requires just one comfortable visit to our office. We are committed to providing a relaxing space for you to receive your procedure. After our staff evaluates your current condition, they will discuss treatment options for any fillings we find necessary. If you have any concerns, we will happily address them and help ease any worries. Fillings are a common procedure here at Gentle Dentistry. Here’s how we take care of them. 


  1. First, Dr. Goold or Dr. Evans will numb the area with a local anesthetic. It will take a few minutes for the numbing to take effect. Be sure to let us know if you are experiencing any discomfort during the procedure. 
  2. Next, a drill and air abrasion instrument will be used to remove the decayed portion of the tooth. Dr. Goold or Dr. Evans will then probe and test the area to be sure the entire decayed section has been removed. 
  3. Once the decay has been completely removed, we will prepare the space for your filling by cleaning the area and removing any debris from the drilling process. 
  4. If the decay is deep within the tooth near the root, we might place a small liner to protect your nerve. 
  5. Dr. Goold or Dr. Evans will then etch and bond the tooth and begin layering composite material into the hole. 
  6. A special light is then used to cure the material. 
  7. We will then shape and contour the tooth and polish it while evaluating your bite and ensuring you are comfortable with the new filling. 


Following your procedure, it is essential to follow best practices for caring for your teeth, including brushing twice daily and flossing at least once daily. Also, schedule your regular appointments every six months so that we can continue to monitor your new filling. Limit consuming sugary drinks or foods to prevent further damage or decay. 


Don’t Let Cavities Win


Dental fillings are essential in maintaining a healthy smile. Whether you need a filling to repair a cavity or chipped tooth, Gentle Dentistry offers amalgam and composite fillings to fit your needs. Don’t ignore any discomfort or pain you may be experiencing. Please schedule an appointment with our incredible staff today! Dr. Goold and Dr. Evans are amazing at evaluating your needs and determining your treatment plan. Remember to practice good oral hygiene habits and schedule regular checkups. Contact Gentle Dentistry today to schedule your appointment and take a step toward a healthier smile!