Dental Fillings

What Are Dental Fillings

What are Dental Fillings?

Fillings are restorations that are normally used to replace decay in one or more teeth. If you have a cavity, the decay has to be removed, and the small hole that is left behind is filled with a special dental material. Composite fillings are tooth-colored so that they blend in well with the rest of your smile. These fillings can last for many years without showing any signs of wear.

Why are Dental Fillings needed?

The reason dental fillings may be needed is because you have one or more cavities. Tooth decay can occur among patients of all ages, regardless of oral health and hygiene. Some patients are simply more prone to developing tooth decay, though it can be prevented and minimized by careful brushing and flossing at home. In the event that you have a cavity, the decay needs to be removed from the tooth before it gets worse.

Who is a candidate for Dental Fillings?

A normal dental exam can help us to identify teeth within the mouth that are decayed. In some cases, we will need to take x-rays to help in further identifying cavities that need to be filled. It is recommended that if you have a cavity, you come in for a filling as soon as possible. If the cavity is left untreated, the decay may get to the point of the tooth needing a complete root canal.

What happens during the procedure for a Dental Filling?

We first numb the area with a local anesthetic so that the procedure is comfortable for you. The decay is removed using a slow speed drill until all of it is out of the affected tooth. The composite resin is then placed into the tiny hole left behind and smoothed into place. Composite fillings are cured and hardened with a bright light. Once in place, the filling can last for many years without needing replacement. We can place multiple fillings at the same appointment if they’re within the same area of the mouth.

If you think you might need a filling, and want to come in for an exam, call us today and we can help get you in for an appointment.

What Happens During The Procedure For A Dental Filling


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Amin Salvi Dental
Is Now Open!

The last few months have been challenging for all of us. We have missed seeing you, chatting with you, sharing stories with you and laughing with you. We are SO excited to finally be able to invite you back to our office!

As you already know, Amin Salvi Dental does not cut corners on safety and technology. We have always prided ourselves in exceeding the recommendations made by the American Dental Association (ADA), the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) for infection control measures. During this closure, we decided to go above and beyond that by adding further safety measures, which have been outlined below. The comfort and safety of our patients, of our team members, and of our own families remain our top priority.

  • All essential paperwork (including a COVID-19 screening form) along with financial agreements are to be done prior to your appointment. We will be texting and emailing the links for the forms to be filled out at home or on your mobile device. If you have a fever, cough, shortness of breath or feel ill, please reschedule your appointment and call your physician.
  • When you arrive for your appointment, please wait in the car and text or call the office. We will inform you when to enter the office so we can maintain social distancing protocols
  • When entering the office, it is mandatory to wear a mask or face covering. Although county guidelines are not as strict, we maintain this requirement for the safety of everyone. Due to a worldwide shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) we cannot provide masks. Should you require one, we will charge you $1 for the mask.
  • Patients must arrive to their appointment alone without family/friends. A single guardian will be allowed for minors, elderly and those with special needs or requirements.
  • We will be taking your temperature when arriving to our office and recording this in your records.

Here are a few additional things we are doing to keep everyone safe and healthy:

  • We have installed air purification systems in the main operatories
  • We have installed sneeze guards at the check-in and check-out areas. We request that when you are required to talk to the front desk administration, you stand behind those.
  • Before appointments, we will use a medical peroxide pre-rinse which has been proven to help kill virus particles

We will have new scheduling guidelines

You will be hearing from us shortly as we are rescheduling routine hygiene and treatment for everyone. As you can imagine, we have a large backlog of cancelled appointments so we appreciate your patience through this process.

If you have any immediate concerns, we request not to call the office but text us at the office number or email us at

Due to the new protocols for physical distancing in the office, we may have limited availability of appointments. Due to this we require a minimum 48 hour notice to cancel or reschedule your appointment to avoid a cancellation fee. This allows other patients, who have been waiting, to be seen. Please be courteous to others.

For many procedures we will also be requiring a reservation fee in advance. This fee will be applied to your deductible or co-pay for the treatment and is not an additional fee of any kind.

We look forward to seeing all of you and catching up on the activities you have been doing to keep busy during this downtime!

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