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Has your dentist, Dr. Kenneth Hancock, recommended restoring a tooth with a dental filling? If so, good for you! You’re on your way toward a strong, healthy, and functional tooth once again. To help you know more about dental fillings so you can prepare for your treatment, our dental team is happy to provide you with answers to frequently asked questions.

Why would I need a dental filling?

For most situations, a dental filling is used to repair a tooth that has a cavity, which means it has been compromised by tooth decay. This process involves your dentist removing the affected portion of the tooth, filling the cavity with the filling material, hardening the material, and then trimming the filling to make it fit with your bite. All of these steps are made after your dentist has numbed your mouth with a numbing agent. This helps you avoid any pain during treatment.

What types of dental fillings are there?

There are many dental fillings available, like amalgam, composite, gold, and porcelain fillings. You can choose whichever filling you desire to restore your tooth. However, your dentist will give you a recommendation that is best for the health and strength of your tooth. The most commonly used fillings are amalgam (silver) and composite (tooth-colored) fillings.

Are there other things a dental filling can do?

A dental filling can be used for tasks other than repairing a decayed tooth. In fact, a filling can be used to reshape an unattractive tooth, which is called dental bonding, and it can be used to treat a broken and worn-down tooth.

To learn more about dental fillings in Olympia, Washington, please contact Kenneth Hancock DDS at 360-464-2099 and talk to a member of our dental team. We would be happy to talk with you and give you the information you’re looking for.