What Is A Filling?

 In Dental Care

Did your dentist say you need a filling? No need to worry. Here we’ll explain what a filling is and the process it entails.


A filling is a treatment option for those with cavities. A cavity is when one part of your tooth is severely damaged. When this happens, the decayed part of your tooth needs to be removed. You cannot have an open hole in your tooth because it could lead to infection or even worse dental issues. This is where a filling comes into play. Your dentist will use a filling as a protective layer to fill the hole in your tooth so no further infection occurs. Another reason this may be necessary is if there is a cracked or broken tooth.


The process of getting a filling is very routine and simple. Dentists do fillings all the time, so there is nothing to worry about. Before they do anything, they will exam your teeth to make sure everything is ready to go. You will then receive local anesthesia to numb the area surrounding the infected tooth. The next step is to remove the decayed part of the tooth. Your dentist will use an instrument to remove the decay from your tooth. Once this is done, it is time for the filling. This is where the process can differ for certain individuals. It all depends on the severity of the decay and if the nerve needs extra protection. When the tooth is prepped, your dentist will begin. At the end, they will make sure to form the filling to fit the natural mold of your tooth. This way it looks as good as new!

If you are interested in learning more about dental fillings and cavities, check out Wytheville Dental Group. At Wytheville Dental, we offer a variety of services including general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, and various treatment plans. To schedule an appointment or get more information you can visit us online here or call us at (276) 228-2777 today!