Dental Fillings

Treating Tooth Decay

Cavities are holes within the tooth caused by tooth decay. These are treated by removing the decayed portion and filling the open area. Fillings are also used to fix cracked and worn down teeth.

What should I expect during a filling?

  • Oak Lane Dental uses a local anesthetic to numb the tooth area, making the process as pain-free as possible.

  • The dentist will then use a handpiece to remove the decayed portion of the tooth.

  • Next, the dentist double checks the area to ensure all of the decayed material was removed.

  • Once the dentist confirms the area is free of decay, they clean the area to get rid of bacteria and residue.

  • If the decayed area is near the tooth's root, the dentist may put in a liner to cover the nerve.

  • Lastly, the dentist fills the area and polishes the filling.

If you are getting a tooth-colored filling (composite resin), rather than a metallic filling, additional steps are required. After filling the area, the dentist uses a special light to harden the material in layers to ensure the tooth is strong and appears natural. 

What types of fillings are available?

  • Silver amalgam

  • Gold

  • Tooth-colored material

  • Porcelain

  • Plastic

  • Composite resin

Several factors are important to consider in determining the best type of filling for you. These factors include:

  • The dentist's recommendations

  • Cost of filling material

  • Location and extent of the decay

How do you maintain a filling?

Maintaining good oral health habits ensure your filling will last for many years, including getting your teeth cleaned twice a year, brushing with fluoride toothpaste, and flossing once a day. After you get a filling, if your tooth becomes sensitive, sharp, or does anything else unusual, call the Oak Lane Dental office.

19 W. Market St., Suite A 

Tiffin, OH 44883

P: 419.447.9541 | F: 419.447.1223

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