Fillings Specialist

Ramona Dental Group

Dentistry located in Ramona, CA

Are chips, cracks, or spaces detracting from your smile? The highly professional team at Ramona Dental Group in Ramona, California, offers tooth-colored fillings that can restore and enhance your smile. Fillings also repair cavities and prevent future decay. Procedures for fillings are pain free and last less than an hour. You can even get one done on your lunch break. To learn more, call the office or book an appointment using the online scheduling tool today.

Fillings Q&A

What are fillings?

A tooth filling is the most common type of dental restoration procedure performed today. This treatment involves reshaping your tooth to restore cracks or other types of damage. It can also be used to remove and repair decay. During a filling procedure, your doctor at Ramona Dental Group cleans the treatment area and carefully fills and shapes the opening with composite resin material. 

The purpose of a tooth filling is to close off gaps or openings where harmful bacteria can enter and accumulate, ultimately causing infections inside your teeth. Fillings add strength and minimize the risk of decay in the future. 

Why do I need a tooth filling?

The expert team at Ramona Dental Group recommends tooth fillings for a variety of reasons. The foremost reason for needing a filling is cavities, which are small holes that form in your teeth as a result of decay. Fillings help close up cavities and prevent further decay. 

However, you may also need a filling if you have:

  • Severe tooth pain 
  • Heightened tooth sensitivity
  • Cracks, chips, or breaks
  • Spacing between teeth
  • Weakened tooth structure
  • Pits or holes

In some cases, tooth fillings are cosmetic, too. A common example is if you have a gold or silver filling that doesn’t blend in seamlessly with your smile, you may want to replace it with a tooth-colored, composite resin filling. 

Is the procedure for a tooth filling painful?

The short answer is no, tooth fillings aren’t painful. Furthermore, the team at Ramona Dental Group specializes in modern gentle dental techniques that make the procedure straightforward and completely pain free. Some patients describe feeling pressure or grinding, but the anesthesia used prevents any sharp pain or discomfort. 

How long do tooth fillings last? 

Tooth fillings are made of sturdy composite resin materials and can’t decay. However, the problem is that your natural tooth that surrounds the filling can decay. 

As long as you brush and floss daily and come in for your regularly scheduled checkups to Ramona Dental Group, there’s no reason your fillings shouldn’t last you at least 10 years, if not more. The key is taking good care of them and treating them like you would natural teeth. 

To learn more about fillings and set up a consultation, call the office or use the online booking tool today.