How Dental Fillings Treat Cavities

Dental fillings are used as part of a conservative treatment plan to treat damaged and weakened teeth. A tooth filling is used when a tooth is weakened because of cracks, chips, breaks, cavities. We use white fillings which are made of ceramic resin. A modern alternative to traditional metal fillings, white fillings easily blend in with the smile. Today, metal fillings are typically only used for molars in the back of the mouth, where they are unnoticeable.

At Tarheel Family and Cosmetic Dentistry, Dr. Sarah Cook helps patients restore their smiles. Following root canal treatment, which removes an infection from the tooth, he reinforces teeth with a dental filling in her Chapel Hill, NC office. White fillings replace infected tissue within teeth after they are cleaned and healthy.

Tooth Fillings in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Benefits of Dental Fillings

Patients who receive white fillings also get multiple benefits from their treatment. Our dental fillings:

  • Prevent dental infections
  • Match the color of natural teeth
  • Support weakened teeth
  • Provide a more even bite

Please call our office if you have tooth pain or sensitivity. You may require treatment with dental fillings. If you have worn or weakened teeth, we can reinforce them with tooth fillings. We can also provide inlays and onlays. Inlays fill the area between the cusps, or edges, of a tooth. Onlays cover the cusp of the tooth and are best for patients with more extensive damage.

How Long Do Dental Fillings Last?

Tooth fillings are a durable treatment option that is resistant to corrosion. If you have an old and broken dental filling we can replace it with a white composite resin filling. New dental fillings can last for over 15 years with the right care. To maintain your fillings, brush with a soft-bristled toothbrush and gently floss between your teeth. You may also schedule routine visits to our office twice a year so we can examine your fillings and make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy.

Schedule a Dental Consultation Today

Are you new to our Chapel Hill, NC dental office? Call Tarheel Family and Cosmetic Dentistry for an appointment at (919) 551-8847. Current patients may call our office at (919) 442-1670. Additionally, you may schedule a consultation with us online.