Tooth Fillings

Tooth fillings are a common dental procedure that can significantly improve the appearance and function of your teeth. When you get a tooth filling, our care team will remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth and replace it.. If you or a loved one is in need of a tooth filling, we encourage you to book an appointment with Indian Trail Dental Studio today.


What Are Tooth Fillings?

Tooth fillings are dental restorations used to replace damaged or decayed portions of a tooth. Fillings can also be used to restore teeth that have been cracked or broken. The filling material can help to restore the tooth’s shape, size, function, and strength.

Tooth fillings can be made from a variety of materials, including composite resin, porcelain, amalgam, or gold. The choice of material will depend on the location and extent of the damage, as well as your preference.


Composite Resin

Composite resin is a tooth-colored filling material used in dental restorations to replace decayed or damaged parts of a tooth.


Porcelain is a durable and natural-looking material commonly used for tooth fillings. It is popular due to its ability to closely match the color and translucency of natural teeth and its resistance to staining.


Amalgam is a type of filling material made from a mixture of mercury, silver, tin, and copper. It is a popular option due to its strength and durability.


Gold is a filling material known for its strength and durability, making it a popular choice for tooth restorations in areas that experience excessive stress like molars.

Our Process for Filling a Tooth

If you’re experiencing tooth pain or have a cavity that needs to be filled, it can feel overwhelming to think about the process of getting it fixed. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect when you’re getting your tooth filled:

  • Initial consultation: When you come in for your appointment, our care team will examine your tooth and determine whether a filling is needed. We will also go over the various filling options and help you choose the best material for your needs.
  • Numbing the area: Next, we will numb the area around the tooth with a local anesthetic to ensure that you are comfortable during the procedure.
  • Removing decay: The damaged or decayed portion of the tooth is removed with specialized dental instruments.
  • Cleaning the area: The area is thoroughly cleaned to remove any debris or bacteria.
  • Filling the tooth: The chosen filling material is then applied to the cavity and carefully shaped to match the natural tooth’s appearance. For composite resin fillings, a special light is used to harden the filling material.
  • Polishing: The filling is then polished to a smooth finish, making it virtually indistinguishable from the surrounding teeth.
  • Post-procedure care: Our team will provide you with guidance on caring for your new filling and schedule a follow-up appointment to ensure that it is healing correctly.

​​At Indian Trail Dental Studio, we prioritize your comfort and satisfaction with your dental procedures. Our experienced team of dental professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care to each of our patients. If you’re in need of a tooth filling or have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

What Happens if a Filling is Done Incorrectly or Not At All?

Leaving a cavity untreated or getting a filling that is done incorrectly can have serious consequences. If a cavity is left untreated, the decay can continue to spread and cause further damage to the tooth. Eventually, the tooth may become infected, leading to the need for a more invasive and costly procedure like a root canal or tooth extraction. 

On the other hand, if a filling is done incorrectly, it may not properly seal the cavity, causing bacteria to enter and leading to further tooth decay. This can also cause damage to surrounding teeth and even lead to gum disease. Here’s some more information on what can happen if a tooth filling is done incorrectly or not at all:

  • Cosmetic problems: If the cavity is in a visible area, leaving it untreated can also cause cosmetic problems as the cavity grows larger and discolors the tooth.
  • Tooth decay: Over time, an untreated cavity can become larger and deeper, eventually reaching the root of the tooth. This can lead to a tooth abscess, which is an extremely painful infection at the base of the tooth.
  • Sensitivity or pain: Sometimes, a filling may fall out or become damaged. If left untreated, the tooth can be exposed to bacteria, which can lead to infection and further decay. This can cause sensitivity, pain, and even lead to the need for a root canal or extraction in some cases.

It’s important to address any dental issues as soon as possible to avoid potential long-term damage or more invasive procedures. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings can help detect and treat any issues early on.That’s why it’s important to visit a trusted dental professional like Indian Trail Dental Studio who can properly diagnose and treat any dental issues you may have. 

Deciding to Get Tooth Fillings With a Trusted Team

Taking care of your teeth is essential for your overall health, and if you’re considering getting a tooth filling, it’s crucial to seek a trusted dental team. Our process for filling a tooth is designed to be as comfortable and stress-free as possible, ensuring that you receive the best care possible.

By choosing a reliable dental professional like Indian Trail Dental Studio, you can rest assured that any dental issues will be addressed promptly and effectively. From preventing further decay to ensuring proper cosmetic results, the benefits of getting tooth fillings with a trusted team are clear.

Don’t hesitate to prioritize your dental health with tooth fillings – schedule an appointment with Indian Trail Dental Studio today.

Frequently Asked Questions

Most patients report little to no pain during the tooth filling procedure as local anesthesia is used to numb the area around the tooth being filled. However, you may experience some soreness or sensitivity after the procedure.

The lifespan of a tooth filling largely depends on the material used and the location of the filling in the mouth. On average, tooth fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 15 years or more with proper care.

You should be able to eat and drink normally shortly after getting a tooth filling. However, it’s best to avoid hard or sticky foods until any numbness has completely worn off to prevent inadvertently biting your tongue or cheek. 

Preventing cavities before they start starts with good oral hygiene. Brushing your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily, and visiting your dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings can help prevent cavities from developing. Additionally, avoiding sugary and acidic foods and beverages can also help prevent tooth decay. 

Hasmi R. Patel, DMD

Dr. Hasmi Patel

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