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Simple cavities are treated with a filling. A tooth filling is a type of dental restoration which repairs damage caused by tooth decay and prolongs the life of the tooth. Dr. Mejia will remove the decayed tooth structure and replace it with a filling. The filling will either be an amalgam or a composite. ​

Anc filling

Amalgam (silver) fillings

Silver-colored amalgam cavity fillings are made from a mixture of metals. One downside is the esthetics. They are usually avoided for front teeth.

Resin composite (white) fillings

The resin-based composite material is shaded to match your natural tooth color as closely as possible, making the filling hardly noticeable. 

How do I know if I need a filling?

  • Decay noted during dental exam

  • Sensitivity in your teeth.

  • Discomfort when eating sugary or acidic food.

  • Visible pitting or the appearance of holes in your teeth

  • White, brown, or black staining appearing on your teeth

  • Often there are no symptoms associated with cavities

Some cavities are too large for a filling. If the damage is very extensive, and too much tooth structure is missing, a dental crown may be needed. If the cavity is too large or the tooth has become infected, this can lead to an abscess, and may require a root canal.

Approximately 91% of U.S. adults aged 20–64 have had dental caries in permanent teeth (


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us!

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