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Everything You Need to Know About Your First Filling

March 8, 2022

Over the years, preventative dentistry techniques have significantly advanced. Thanks to this, the risk of tooth decay has drastically reduced. But, cavities can still occur, even with the best preventative methods in place. If you just found out you have tooth decay and need a filling, here’s everything you need to know about what to expect:

Filling Material

The type of material used for your filling depends largely on the size and location of your cavity. Generally, your dental filling will be made out a tooth coloured composite material. If you have a larger cavity, a stronger filling material made from ceramic might be necessary. Composite and ceramic fillings come in different shades, making it easy for your restoration to be matched to your smile.

Numbing the Tooth

Local anesthetic will be used to numb the nerves entering your tooth and will ensure this process is as painless as can be! To further ease you of any discomfort, a numbing jelly will be used before injecting the anesthetic.

Decay Removal

Any decaying tooth structure and infection will be removed using a small dental bur. Enamel immediately next to it will also be removed to prevent the cavity from spreading any further.

Filling Placement

Next, your filling will be moulded into place into your tooth in order to mimic its natural curvature and surface. Once cured in place, you’ll be able to use your tooth as normal, but expect the numbing to take at least a few hours to wear off.


When you come in for your appointment, we’ll show how to adjust to your new filling and how you can make it last for as long as possible. Regular brushing, dental checkups, flossing and managing any grinding habits are crucial to ensure the well-being of your filling.

If you think you have cavity, schedule your appointment with Melton Dental today for a thorough exam and we’ll help you identify the best treatment for your smile!