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Teeth fillings to help you smile

Almost everyone will need a tooth filling once in their lifetime. Your Aspen Dental care team can guide you through a dental filling procedure for a healthier smile.

Why dental fillings?

Tooth fillings can keep a cavity or chipped tooth from becoming a bigger problem—and your Aspen Dental care team is here to help.

Filling a cavity

Did you need a filling at your recent dental appointment? You likely had a cavity.  A cavity is a tiny opening formed as a result of damaged tooth enamel. Bacteria, sugary food, poor dental hygiene and even wear are typical causes. Signs of a cavity include:

  • Sudden, unexplained mouth pain, or pain when biting down or chewing—although this could be a sign of a more advanced dental issue

  • Teeth sensitivity near the cavity

  • White, brown or black spots on the tooth surface

  • Visible holes in the tooth or teeth

Repairing cracked or damage teeth

If your teeth are cracked or damaged, they require more extensive work than a simple tooth filling. A root canal or extraction are likely your only option to relieve pain and prevent further infection of your surrounding teeth and gums.
Signs of a cracked tooth include:

  • Sharp pain when biting down that quickly disappears.

  • Intermittent mouth pain

  • Pain when drinking or eating

  • Feeling like you have something stuck between your teeth

How teeth fillings work

Most dental filling procedures at Aspen Dental work like this:

  • Application of a local anesthetic to limit pain or discomfort

  • The removal of any decay from the affected tooth or teeth

  • Tooth or teeth restoration with a composite or amalgam (silver/metal)

  • A bite check to make sure your teeth align comfortably

How much do dental fillings cost?

The cost of filling a tooth can vary. Factors include the number of surfaces on the tooth to repair, the filling material, your health insurance coverage and your financing options.

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Don’t delay filling a tooth

If you have tooth sensitivity, or know you have a cavity or chipped tooth, call your dentist right away. A dental filling can help prevent further damage. And if you feel a bit apprehensive, that’s OK. Dental anxiety is very normal, and your Aspen Dental care team can help guide you through it every step of the way.

Let’s work together to keep your teeth healthy and strong for a lifetime.