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A dental filling is a procedure used to fill a hole, or cavity. It is the treatment for a tooth damaged by caries. Filling will help to restore the tooth back to its normal shape and function. It will prevent further decay. It is one of the most common dental procedures that takes place in a dental office.

Treatment of caries.
When bacteria eat away the tooth enamel and causes a hole, it is called a cavity. Smaller cavities are usually repaired with dental fillings.
During this procedure, your dentist removes the decayed portion of your tooth, then fills in the hole with filling material. This halts the progression of tooth decay and reduces the risk of further damage.
Fillings are also placed after trauma like chipped enamel, fractures, deep cracks to prevent them from spreading further. Fillings are placed to prevent further erosion of enamel surface due to poor handling of teeth – opening hard objects, biting nails, erosion from acidic foods etc
Silver vs tooth-colored fillings
Amalgam fillings are cheaper than any other kind
The main drawback of amalgam is the metal color. Many people do not like others being able to see their fillings when they laugh or smile.

Amalgam is quick and easy to place compared to other types of filling.
However, because it does not chemically bond with the tooth, which means some of the healthy tooth structure has to be removed in order to prepare a space that will keep the filling secure.
It is a more invasive type of filling, one which can weaken the tooth structure and increase the risk of tooth fractures.
Composites are shaded to match the natural tooth color as closely as possible, making them almost undetectable. Over time, however, resin composite can stain and become more noticeable. It can also shrink slightly, if not set properly, creating small gaps that harbor bacteria.

The process for placing composites requires more time and skill than amalgam. The tooth surface must be kept completely dry while the surface is etched, and the filling is built up in layers which are cured one at a time. One benefit of composite is that it chemically bonds to the tooth structure which offers extra support and means that no additional healthy tooth has to be removed in the process.
Several studies have shown composite fillings to be about as durable as amalgam.
Composite fillings may be more likely to fail than amalgam fillings. However, the main cause of failure was found to be recurring tooth decay, not fracture of the fillings.
Dental amalgam also contains mercury, which has raised concerns about it being toxic. Mercury can enter the environment when old amalgam fillings are replaced. Composite resin avoids these concerns, as it does not contain mercury.
Since some governments around the world have agreed to phase out amalgam, composite fillings have continued to become more common.
For a long time, amalgam was regarded as the best direct filling material in terms of strength and durability.

Metal fillings last 10-15 years and can withstand a great deal of pressure on biting surfaces of the teeth. However, as composite resins improve, they are edging closer to rivaling amalgam in this regard. Composite fillings can last several years. Studies have found a median filling lifespan as low as 3 or 4 years, while others have estimated that composite fillings can last over 7 years.
Over time, fillings may chip or crack, allowing food to become trapped between the tooth and the filling. However, a dentist will usually check your fillings during a regular dental check-up. Poor diet and oral hygiene practices can contribute to new tooth decay, which also affects the lifespan of fillings.

Ideally getting a tooth filled promptly is a lot less painful than letting it go. The dentist will administer a numbing gel over the injection area beforehand. Once the gel has had a minute or
two to sink in, the dentist will administer the anesthetic. Once the area is numb, patients do not feel any pain.

Cavities Can Affect Anyone, Regardless of Age or Background.

No Need to Feel Ashamed: Cavities are Common and Treatable


Having a cavity is a normal occurrence that affects a vast majority of individuals, with approximately 91% experiencing tooth decay at some point in their lives. Even our dentists have dealt with cavities firsthand!


The key is early identification and treatment to prevent more serious complications. With our state-of-the-art detection technology, advanced imaging capabilities, and safe filling materials, we are here to assist you. Rest assured that receiving a dental filling in Kennesaw is a swift, secure, and painless process.

When is a Dental Filling Necessary?

Tooth Decay:

The most common reason for a filling is tooth decay or cavities. When bacteria erode the enamel, it creates small holes in the tooth. A filling is used to fill and seal these cavities, preventing further decay.

Tooth Fractures

If a tooth has a minor crack, chip, or fracture, a filling may be used to repair the damage and restore the tooth's strength and integrity.

Worn Teeth

Teeth that have been worn down due to factors like teeth grinding (bruxism) may benefit from fillings to restore their shape, function, and aesthetics.

Your dentist will evaluate your specific situation and recommend a dental filling if it is necessary to address any dental concerns and preserve the health and functionality of your teeth.

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