Fillings

5th Ave Smile

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Aurora, CO

Tooth decay can cause permanent damage to your tooth and lead to gum disease or tooth loss. At 5th Ave Smile in Aurora, Colorado, the dental team provides fillings, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry solutions to protect damaged teeth. To find out if you need fillings, call the practice or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment for a dental cleaning and exam today.

Fillings

What are dental fillings?

Teeth damaged with cavities or decay require dental fillings to prevent and protect against future damage. Untreated cavities will continue to grow larger, leading to gum disease, tooth pain, and eventually, tooth loss. 

Treating cavities and decay with fillings restores the strength, shape, and appearance of the natural tooth to prevent future problems.

What is the most common material used for fillings?

The most common material used for filling teeth is composite resin. Composite resin fillings are matched to the color of your natural teeth and are ideal for highly visible areas such as front teeth. 

Fillings may also consist of gold, amalgam, or porcelain materials. Your dentist chooses the filling based on the extent of damage to your teeth.

How does my dentist determine whether I need fillings?

Your dentist completes a dental exam to determine whether you need fillings to restore your teeth. If fillings are necessary, your dentist will numb the affected tooth to ensure comfort during the procedure. 

They remove tooth decay and apply filling material to the hole in the tooth to protect it from further decay. Then your dentist fills your tooth with a composite filling and hardens it with a special light. Finally, they trim the filling and polished it to restore the original shape of your tooth.

If they can’t fix your tooth damage with fillings, your dentist will suggest other restorations including crowns, bridges, or dental implants. 

How do I care for my fillings?

Maintaining good oral hygiene is the key to extending the life of your fillings. Dental fillings may chip or crack if you chew hard foods or objects like pen caps.

Brushing and flossing your teeth twice daily is the first step to preventing future tooth decay. Make sure to schedule your professional dental cleanings and exams at 5th Ave Smile every six months. 

To find out if you need dental fillings to restore and protect your teeth, use the online booking tool or call the practice to schedule an appointment.