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Everything You Need to Know About Fillings

At River Valley Smile Center, we understand the importance of maintaining optimal dental health. One common procedure that helps preserve your teeth and prevent further decay is getting fillings. Whether you’re curious about what it entail or seeking information before your next appointment, this guide will provide you with comprehensive insights into fillings and their significance in maintaining your oral health.

What Are Fillings? They are dental restorations used to repair teeth that have been damaged by decay, fractures, or wear. They help restore the function, integrity, and aesthetics of your teeth by filling in the cavities left behind by decay or damage.

Types of Fillings:

  1. Composite: Made of a tooth-colored resin material, composite fillings blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, providing a discreet and aesthetically pleasing solution.
  2. Amalgam: These are made of a combination of metals, including silver, tin, copper, and mercury. While they are durable and cost-effective, they are more noticeable compared to composite fillings.
  3. Ceramic: Ceramic or porcelain fillings are tooth-colored restorations that offer excellent durability and aesthetics, making them a popular choice for visible teeth.

The Procedure:

  1. Assessment: Your dentist will examine your teeth and identify any cavities or areas of damage that require filling.
  2. Preparation: The affected tooth is numbed using a local anesthetic, and the decayed or damaged portion is removed.
  3. Filling Placement: The chosen material is placed into the prepared cavity, shaped, and polished to ensure a comfortable bite and natural appearance.
  4. Final Adjustments: Your dentist will check your bite and make any necessary adjustments to ensure proper alignment and functionality.


  • Preventing Further Decay: Halt the progression of tooth decay, preventing it from spreading to surrounding teeth.
  • Restoring Functionality: Restore the structural integrity of your teeth, allowing you to chew and speak comfortably.
  • Enhancing Aesthetics: Tooth-colored fillings blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, preserving your smile’s appearance.


  • Practice Good Oral Hygiene: Brushing twice a day, flossing regularly, and attending regular dental check-ups can help prolong the lifespan of your fillings.
  • Avoiding Hard Foods: Minimize consumption of hard foods or objects that may cause your fillings to crack or become dislodged.
  • Regular Dental Check-ups: Schedule routine dental appointments to monitor the condition and address any issues promptly.

At RVSC we prioritize your oral health and strive to provide personalized care tailored to your unique needs. If you require fillings or have any concerns about your dental health, don’t hesitate to contact us. Together, we can help you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for years to come.

For more information on fillings and other dental services we offer, visit our website.

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