composite fillings before and after

Overcome Dental Decay and Damage with Help from Dr. Tillis and His Team

A tooth damaged by decay can be restored back to its normal function and shape with a filling. During a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.

There are a variety of filling materials available including gold, silver, plastic and porcelain. Composite (plastic) resins create a more natural appearance because they are custom made to the exact color of your natural teeth. While white fillings may be less noticeable than other materials, they usually only last between 3 and 10 years. They may not be ideal for large fillings as they may chip or wear over time.