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What is a dental filling?
A filling is a dental restoration that is used to repair a tooth that has decay. The tooth decay is removed and then the dental filling material is used to fill the area and restore the tooth’s normal shape and function.

How is a dental filling placed?
When you come to our office, our dentist may numb the area before removing the decayed part of the tooth. Once all of the decay has been taken out, the area will be shaped to prepare it for the dental filling material. If a composite material is being used, the filling is placed in layers. As each layer is placed, it will be cured with a special light. After all of the layers are in place and cured, the filling will be shaped and polished.

Does a dental filling require special care?
Care for a tooth with a dental filling in the same way that you would your regular teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Also, be sure to make and keep your regular dental visits.

Please contact SeaSide Dentistry at 252-764-2784 today to learn more about dental fillings in Cedar Point, North Carolina, and to schedule a visit with Dr. Donna Gentry.