Dental fillings are the most-often performed of all dental restorations. They are used to fill cavities and repair structural damage caused by tooth decay.

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Fillings are long-lasting and have been the workhorse of dentistry, holding up against decades of wear and tear.

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There are a number of restorative materials used for fillings, including gold, porcelain, silver amalgam, glass ionomer cement, plastic, and composite resin. While there has been some concern over amalgam fillings, 100 years of research has indicated that they are safe, strong, long-lasting and economical.


A dentist will first examine and remove the decayed material in your tooth before filling it. The use of a local anesthetic will ensure that the restoration is painless, though you might feel some pressure during the procedure.

If you are sensitive to the needle we use to numb your gum, we can apply topical anesthetic cream to make it more comfortable for you.

Sometimes decay is so extensive it has reached the nerve. In that case, the repair will be more extensive than a simple filling.

If you have decay that has reached the nerve, it may be treated in one of two ways:

(a) Root canal therapy, in which the damaged nerve is removed
(b) Pulp capping, which attempts to keep the nerve alive.

Your dentist will discuss the best option for your case.


Are you looking for a dentist for fillings in Bayonne, NJ? If so, you’ve found one here at Alter Smiles – Beautiful Smiles of Bayonne. We have helped thousands of patients with their fillings. Stay on the path of healthy oral health and beautiful teeth. Contact us today for more information about our services in Bayonne, or call us at (201) 339-6604.