What is a filling?

A dental filling is a basic yet effective way to repair a tooth that has suffered from minor to moderate damage due to cavities, wear, or chipping. The filling is used to replace the damaged portion of the tooth, restoring the tooth’s shape, strength, and function. To place a dental filling our dentist first numbs the tooth to ensure your treatment is comfortable. We then remove the damaged portion of the tooth, clean the area, and fill the tooth with your chosen filling material. Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai carefully shapes the filling to fit your tooth’s shape and your bite. Finally, the dental filling is hardened and polished to blend in with your smile.

Do I need a filling?

Dr. Shivaprasanna Rai may recommend a filling if your tooth is damaged by tooth decay or minor trauma. A filling is a more conservative restoration choice than a crown, helping to keep your tooth strong by preserving as much natural tooth structure as possible. With proper care, your filling will last for many years, although it may need to be repaired or replaced over time.

We invite you to call or visit us today at Rai Family Dentistry in Stafford, Virginia, to learn more about fillings and to set up your next visit with our team. We are eager to see you soon!