Dental Fillings

Image: Before and after of dental fillings at Dental World of Marietta

Tooth decay or cavities cause irreversible damage to teeth. The areas where decay has taken place become soft, undermining the structure of the tooth. This decay and soft areas of the tooth need to be removed and replaced with a filling. 

A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When our dentist gives you a filling, they first removes the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc).

We use only contemporary tooth colored filling materials that blend in with the rest of the tooth, providing you with a natural appearance. We do not use silver amalgam fillings which contain mercury since these tend to crack and discolor teeth.

Whether you have a cavity and need a filling or not will be determined at your Dental World of Marietta appointment. During the checkup, we will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth. Anything that looks abnormal will then be closely checked with special instruments. We may also X-ray your entire mouth or a section of it. The type of treatment we recommend will depend on the extent of damage caused by decay.

If you are dealing with a cavity and/or think you may need dental fillings, don’t hesitate to contact us today. Our team of board-certified professionals can take care of you quickly and for less.