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Dental Filling

Approximately 92% of adults have experienced a cavity. Cavities occur as a result of tooth decay, and if left untreated, they can severely damage teeth and lead to a decline in oral health. Though cavities are common, at Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry, our NC Research Triangle dentists can easily fix them using a routine, restorative dental treatment called a dental filling, also known as a tooth filling.
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What Is a Dental Filling?

A dental filling can be made out of a variety of materials and is used to fill and seal the hole caused by a cavity, preventing decay from spreading to the rest of the tooth. We quickly, easily, and comfortably remove decay from a tooth before it progresses. The type of tooth filling that is used is largely based on your needs and preferences.

Types of Fillings

Traditionally Amalgam fillings have been used and continue to be used in certain situations. Currently composite resin fillings are used which match the color of your tooth and have great durability.


Do fillings ever need to be replaced?
Though they are very durable, most fillings will need to be replaced eventually. How long they last depends heavily on the type of filling you get.
Does it hurt to get a filling?
We can perform both the removal of the decay and the filling placement in such a way that you will remain comfortable and free of pain.
How long will it take for me to be able to eat, speak, brush, and floss as usual after receiving a filling?
Shortly after receiving a filling, you should be able to do all of the things you normally would do.

As your NC Research Triangle dentists, the staff at Riccobene Associates Family Dentistry is happy to answer any of your questions about fillings. Call one of our NC Triangle dental offices to learn more or to set up an appointment.