- When a tooth gets a cavity, it weakens the tooth and allows bacteria to thrive and cause problems in your mouth. To bring the tooth back to health, the dentist removes the weakened part of the tooth and replaces it with a tooth-colored resin material known as a “filling.”
- Fillings help preserve your tooth so you can continue to use it day-to-day.
- The average lifespan for a filling is 7 years, but with proper cleaning and care, it may last even longer.
- A filling can be placed in one appointment.
Be sure to take care of your teeth between cleanings. Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Don’t skip flossing!! Flossing is an important step to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Also, use a mouthwash to help control bacteria that could lead to plaque and tarter meanwhile keeping your breath fresh!