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What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is a 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.

Do I need a dental filling?
Our doctors can determine whether or not you need a dental filling in Gallup, New Mexico, through a visual examination. Discolored spots on the teeth can indicate tooth decay. X-rays and other diagnostic tools may also be used.

How is a dental filling placed?
When you come to our office, our doctors may numb the area before removing the decayed portion of the tooth. Once all of the decay has been removed, 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 daily and floss once a day. Also, be sure to make and keep your regular dental appointments.

Please contact Ortho*Dental, Inc. at (505) 863-8100 today to learn more about dental fillings and to schedule a visit.