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What Is a Dental Filling?

If your tooth has a small area of damage, our dentist may recommend a dental filling to restore it to its proper shape, size, and function. The damaged area of the tooth is removed and then the filling material is placed to restore the tooth.

Why Are Dental Fillings Used?

The most common reason for a dental filling is to restore a tooth that has decay. However, a dental filling may also be recommended for:

– Cracked or broken teeth

– Teeth that are worn because of nail biting, teeth grinding or using your teeth as tools

How Is a Dental Filling Placed?

When you visit our office for a dental filling, Dr. Bennett R. Shanker may numb the area with a local anesthetic if necessary. Then our dentist will remove the decay and any debris. Then the dental filling material will be placed. If composite material is used, the material is placed in layers and cured as it is placed. The final filling is shaped and trimmed to achieve the desired shape.

Does a Dental Filling Require Extra Care?

Care for your dental filling in the same way that you would your natural teeth. Brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. It is also important that you come to Shanker Dental at least twice a year for dental cleanings and exams.

If you would like to learn more about dental fillings in Bridgeton, New Jersey, and to book a visit, contact our office at 856-455-1183 today. We look forward to aiding you and your smile!