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Dental fillings are a common dental procedure used to restore teeth damaged by decay. They are used to restore teeth damaged by decay or repair teeth that have been cracked or broken. During a filling procedure, the dentist will remove the damaged or decayed portion of the tooth and then fill the cavity with a filling material.

At Dr Be Smiles, several types of filling materials can be used, including amalgam (silver) fillings, composite (tooth-colored) fillings, ceramic fillings, and gold fillings. The filling material used will depend on the location and severity of the cavity, as well as the patient's personal preferences.

What Is a Cavity?

Cavities form when food particles and bacteria are left on the tooth, allowing it to collect harmful acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. The sooner cavities are treated, the less likely they cause an infection or decay in a larger tooth area. Fillings help treat minor to moderate cases of tooth decay and restore the aesthetics and health of a patient’s smile.

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The Procedure for Dental Fillings

Your dentist will administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth being filled. This will prevent any pain or discomfort during the procedure. Once the area is numb, your dentist will use a drill or laser to remove the decayed part of the tooth. They will then clean the area to remove any remaining debris and bacteria. After cleaning and preparing the area, your dentist will apply the filling material to the tooth. Several filling materials are available, including composite resin, porcelain, gold, and silver amalgam. Your dentist will discuss the options and recommend the best material based on your needs. Once the filling material is in place, your dentist will shape and polish it to match the natural contours of your tooth. This will ensure a comfortable fit and a natural appearance.

The Benefits of Dental Fillings

Restore Tooth Structure

Dental fillings can restore the structure of a damaged or decayed tooth, allowing it to function correctly and preventing further damage or decay.

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Prevent Tooth Loss

Restoring a damaged or decayed tooth with a filling can prevent the need for more extensive dental procedures, such as tooth extraction, which can lead to other dental issues.

Protect Adjacent Teeth

Filling a cavity or damaged tooth can also help protect adjacent teeth from becoming damaged or infected.


Fillings can be made from tooth-colored materials that blend in with your natural teeth, resulting in a more aesthetically pleasing result than visible metal fillings.

Pain Relief

Dental fillings can relieve tooth pain or sensitivity caused by damage or decay.

Dental fillings are a simple and effective way to restore damaged or decayed teeth and prevent further dental issues. If you have a cavity or damaged tooth, visit Dr Be Smiles at 4511 N Midkiff Rd, Suite E-15, Midland, TX 79705, or call (432) 520-4867 for the best care possible.

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4511 N Midkiff Rd, Suite E-15,
Midland, TX 79705

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