Many people need at least one tooth filling in their lifetime. Dental fillings are most commonly used to treat cavities (decay), but they’re also used to repair cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down over time.


There are different types of dental filling materials that can be used. Our practice is amalgam-free, we use all composite based filling materials. 

Most dental filling procedures feature the following:

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  • Topical anesthetic (gel) to numb the general area of treatment prior to placement of local anesthesia


  • Decay removal from the affected teeth


  • Tooth restoration using a composite resin filling material


  • Bite check to make sure your teeth align comfortably and polish

The team at our practice will ensure you are comfortable before, during, and after your procedure, and will happily answer any questions you may have at any point. 

TIPS TO OVERCOME DENTAL ANXIETY

  • Talk with your dentist and/or dental hygienist about your dental anxiety so they can explain what the procedure really entails and you know what to expect.


  • Wear headphones during your appointment to help block out sounds. 


  • Everyone’s pain threshold is different. Always ask for more numbing agents if experiencing pain or discomfort during the procedure.


  • Ask about anti-anxiety medication. We offer patients anti-anxiety medication to help reduce dental anxiety during the appointment. 


  • Bring someone you trust to your appointment to help provide comfort and reduce dental anxiety.