Dental fillings are used to repair broken teeth or restore diseased teeth.

Fillings are usually done because a part of the tooth has been removed due to a cavity, but they are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth.

Our dentists complete fillings by removing the decayed area and then applying filling materials to restore the tooth’s shape and function.

Overview of Fillings

Fillings effectively treat cavities and repair damaged teeth. We remove decay and restore the tooth using composite resin which is a tooth colored material. This procedure is also used for fixing cracks, breaks, or wear, ensuring a durable and aesthetic restoration.

Benefits of Fillings

Fillings are an essential part of dental health care. Here are some key benefits:

Halts decay progression
Restores tooth function and strength
Prevents further dental issues
Offers a durable solution
Restores tooth appearance
Enhances oral health and comfort

Filling Procedures

The procedure for a filling is straightforward.


The dentist begins by numbing the area around the tooth using a local anesthetic. This ensures the procedure is comfortable.

Removing decay:

Once the area is numb, the dentist uses a drill to remove the decayed part of the tooth. This step is crucial to prevent the spread of decay.


The dentist then fills the cleaned cavity with a filling material. This can be a composite resin (which is tooth colored) or another material depending on the situation. If a composite resin is used, the dentist will use a special light to cure or harden each resin layer.


After the filling is in place, the dentist shapes and polishes it to match the natural contour of the tooth, ensuring a comfortable bite and a natural appearance.


The dentist asks the patient to bite down to check the alignment. Adjustments are made as necessary to ensure a comfortable and correct bite.


The dentist provides instructions on how to care for the filling and maintain optimum function of the filling.

This is what you can expect when you receive a filling. Your team at Bettendorf Family Dental will ensure your comfort throughout the entire process.

Caring for Your Fillings

You may have tooth sensitivity after a filling. Your teeth may be sensitive to biting, pressure, air, sweet foods, or severe hot or cold. This sensitivity usually goes away within a few weeks.

You’ll want to contact your dentist if the sensitivity doesn’t go away.

You can care for your fillings by taking these steps:

See your dentist twice a year for routine cleanings and exams
Consistently use a fluoride-containing toothpaste
Floss daily
Call your dentist if your tooth is sensitive, feels sharp, or you notice any cracks

Schedule a Filling Today

During your first visit, our dentists will conduct a dental exam to determine if a filling is right for you. We strive to make this experience as comfortable and seamless as possible ensuring that you receive the best care.

Do fillings ever need to be replaced?
Over time, fillings may need to be replaced. This can happen for a couple of reasons. Normal wear and tear can break down the filling over the years. Fillings can also fail over time if decay develops, or if the filling is large. This is normal, although you can minimize damage and extend the life cycle of fillings through proper care. In some cases, a dentist may cover a large filling with a crown to enhance the strength of the tooth. Our dentists can help you maximize your fillings and get the most out of the treatment.