Fillings Specialist

Columbia Dental

Cosmetic Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Hamilton, NJ

If you have a cavity caused by tooth decay, a filling is a great way to restore your tooth and improve your oral health. Columbia Dental in Hamilton, New Jersey, offers high-quality dental fillings that can make your tooth healthy again and keep your smile looking and feeling great. Schedule your visit with Columbia Dental today by calling the office or booking online.

Fillings Q & A

What is a filling?

A filling is a treatment that your dentist performs to restore your tooth if it’s developed a cavity. Your dentist removes all of the decayed tissue from your tooth before sealing up the hole with a filling material. 

Fillings are a fairly common procedure, with the average American having three dental fillings in their mouth.

What are fillings made from?

There are a variety of materials that are suitable for a dental filling, including:

  • Porcelain
  • Composite resin
  • Glass ionomer
  • Silver amalgam
  • Cast gold

Each of these materials has different advantages depending on where in your mouth your filling is going to go. Your dentist helps you select a filling material that best meets your particular needs, preferences, and insurance coverage.

Why do I need a filling?

If you’re suffering from a cavity caused by tooth decay, a filling can significantly improve your oral health. When you get a filling, your dentist removes all of the decay from your tooth. 

By sealing up the hole where your tooth decay once was, a filling protects your tooth from further decay. This can save you from developing extensive decay that would otherwise need a more advanced procedure, like a crown, root canal, or extraction.

How does a cavity happen?

Cavities happen when plaque is left to sit on your teeth for too long. This typically happens as a result of poor oral hygiene or having areas of your smile that you’re not properly cleaning when you brush or floss.

Plaque contains bacteria and acids that eat away at your tooth enamel. When the plaque is in contact with your tooth for too long, the bacteria and acids can eat away enough of your enamel and cause a hole. That hole is called a cavity.

How do I care for my filling?

You care for your filling just like the rest of your natural teeth. Brush and floss daily, and make sure to maintain regular checkups and cleanings with your dentist at Columbia Dental. 

You might even want to give a little extra care and attention to the area where your filling is, since your cavity was an indication that that particular spot of your smile is prone to developing decay.

Get started with your filling today by scheduling a visit with Columbia Dental. You can book your appointment by phone or online.