Dental fillings are a common procedure used to treat cavities or tooth decay. Decay that has spread far into the tooth cannot be treated with a filling. Fillings are used in order to prevent minor decay from rapidly spreading bacteria into the tooth’s pulp – where it then must be treated with a procedure known as a root canal.

You Have Options

At our dental practice, you have a choice in the type of dental filling you want. Each type has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, but they accomplish the same goal: preventing further decay from occurring and replacing lost tooth structure. Fillings may be dental amalgam, composite, porcelain, or gold. Your dentist will explain which filling material option may be most beneficial based on your individual case.

The Procedure

The procedure is often quick, ranging no more than an hour to complete. Local anesthesia is applied to numb the area so that you are comfortable throughout. You can drive yourself home after a dental filling.

Discuss Your Options With Our Dentist

Our dentist will gladly help you decide what filling is best recommended based on your needs and budget. For more information on dental fillings, please call our office at 213-484-9660 and we will happily explain everything you need to know.