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Tooth Fillings

Grace Dental Group

General Dentistry & Family Dentistry located in Fillmore District, San Francisco, CA

A filling can restore your tooth and enhance its structure if you have dental decay or damage. With the help of Woo Young Lee, DDS, at Grace Dental Group in San Francisco, California, you can get a beautiful, tooth-colored filling that blends in with your natural teeth. If you have a toothache or need a filling replaced, contact this Fillmore District dental practice today. You can conveniently book a dental exam either online or over the phone.

Tooth Fillings Q & A

What is a tooth filling?

A filling is the most common type of tooth restoration procedure. The treatment involves reshaping your tooth if you have cracks or other types of damage, or removing decay. Your dentist cleans the treated area and carefully fills in the opening with a filling material (usually composite bonding).

The purpose of a tooth filling is to close off gaps or openings where bacteria would otherwise sneak in. Sealing up your tooth adds strength and prevents decay in the future. 

Why do I need a tooth filling?

The leading dental providers at Grace Dental Group recommend tooth fillings for a number of reasons. Aside from dental caries (cavities), you may need a filling if you have:

  • Severe tooth pain or sensitivity
  • Cracks, chips, or breaks
  • Weak tooth structure
  • Pits or holes

Sometimes tooth fillings are cosmetic, too. For example, if you have one of those old amalgam fillings — silver fillings — you may want to replace it with a tooth-colored filling. 

Does it hurt to get a tooth filling?

The compassionate dentists at Grace Dental Group specialize in modern gentle dental techniques. Aside from an initial prick from the numbing injection — discomfort lasts just a split second — you shouldn’t feel any pain during your tooth filling treatment. Some patients describe feeling pressure or grinding, but the strong numbing solution prevents any serious or sharp pain. 

Are tooth fillings permanent?

No, but they do last for many years. Tooth fillings are made of durable materials and can’t decay. The issue is that your natural tooth that surrounds the filling can decay. 

If you don’t brush and floss daily, and don’t come in to Grace Dental Group twice a year for your cleanings, bacteria can build up, your treated tooth can decay, and your filling can loosen and fall out. While replacing it with another filling is sometimes an option, if it’s a larger gap, you might need a crown. 

With good oral hygiene, your tooth filling can last 10 years or more. Your dedicated dentist teaches you how to properly care for your teeth at home, so you can lower your risk of decay and preserve your filling.

Grace Dental Group provides flexible scheduling for all tooth filling services. Click on the online scheduler or call the clinic to book your filling appointment today.