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Have you ever stopped and thought about everything your teeth do for you? Without them you couldn’t bite or chew food, swallowing would be more difficult, you would even have trouble speaking. Teeth are great, and it’s important to take excellent care of them. But what happens if you do get something like a cavity? How can you alleviate the pain and inconvenience they cause?

One common way to repair tooth decay is by getting a dental filling. Cavities form when acid eats away part of the protective enamel layer on a tooth. This can expose the sensitive inner layer of the tooth and cause pain. Fillings literally fill the hole again and restore the tooth to its normal condition.

There are several types of fillings. Traditionally, gold and amalgam fillings have been widely used. While effective, they are not a very cosmetic option, especially on highly visible portions of teeth. So at Corey I. Johnson D.D.S., P.C., we use what are called composite fillings. These are made from a strong resin composite that matches the color of your teeth.

Getting a filling only takes one visit and is a simple process. First, any decayed material is removed from the tooth. Then the tooth is cleaned and the filling material is applied. Once it is shaped to the tooth it is hardened with a special light, and your tooth is as good as new.

A dental filling can restore your smile to what it was before your cavity. To learn more about dental fillings or schedule an appointment, call our Glenwood Springs, CO, office today.