A dental filling may be necessary to repair the surface of your tooth if it has been damaged by wear, decay, or a fracture. Fillings are used to strengthen teeth when damage has been caught early, before it progresses and requires more intensive dental care treatments. The lifespan of a filling can be between five to 12 years, depending on what filling material is used.


If your dentist has determined that a filling is the proper course of action for you, the process will be completed in just one office visit.

  • First, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the necessary area of your mouth.
  • Then your dentist will use a variety of tools to remove the decayed or damaged areas from the surface of your tooth.
  • Your tooth will be cleaned and then isolated by a “dental dam” to keep it hygienic during the rest of the procedure.
  • The dentist will choose the proper filling material based on the tooth’s location and the extent of the damage.
  • The chosen filling material will then be applied and shaped to blend effortlessly to the look and feel of your other teeth.
  • Finally, a special hand-held light is held up to the filling material to harden it.

A filling is a great dental care treatment to make you feel more comfortable about any wear or damage on your teeth. Schedule an appointment to discuss a filling with your dentist.