Restore your teeth with durable, long-lasting dental fillings.

We provide high-quality dental fillings in San Diego to repair cavities, rebuild tooth structure, and improve dental health.

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What Do Dental Fillings Do?

Stop Tooth Decay

Once decay penetrates your tooth’s enamel, the cavity will continue to grow. Dental fillings are used to seal off cavities and stop the decay – and avoid more extensive problems.

Prevent Root Canals

When decay reaches the nerve of the tooth, the next step is typically a root canal. By addressing decay with a dental filling, you can maintain your tooth’s health and avoid this costly procedure.

Improve Aesthetics

Modern fillings are designed to blend seamlessly with your natural teeth, restoring both the function and appearance of your smile.

The Dental Filling Procedure at
The Dental House


Initial Consultation

Dr. Vu will conduct a routine check-up, which will include X-rays to identify and assess tooth decay – and determine if a dental filling is the best solution for you.


Numbing the Area

The process of getting a filling starts by applying a local anesthesia to numb the affected area, making sure you are comfortable during the procedure.


Removing Decay

The decayed portion of the tooth will be carefully removed using a specialized tool to leave a clean and healthy area for the filling.


Filling the Cavity

The filling will be placed in the prepared area and sealed in place.


Shaping and Polishing

Once the filling is in place, Dr. Vu will shape it to fit your bite perfectly and make sure it feels and looks natural.


Follow Up

We may recommend a follow-up appointment to check the filling and ensure it is functioning correctly and comfortably.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a dental filling procedure take?

A dental filling procedure typically takes about an hour, depending on the extent of the decay and the number of teeth that need fillings. If necessary, multiple teeth can be treated in one visit.

How long do dental fillings last?

Dental fillings can last anywhere from 5 to 15+ years, depending on the material used, oral hygiene habits, and other factors. Regular dental check-ups are crucial to monitor the condition of your fillings and address any issues early.

Are dental fillings painful?

We won’t say the dental filling process is COMPLETELY free of discomfort. But it will not be painful as local anesthesia is used to numb the area. You may experience mild sensitivity or discomfort after the anesthesia wears off, but this usually subsides quickly.

Can I eat after getting a filling?

It’s best to wait until the numbness from the anesthesia wears off before eating. This is to avoid biting your tongue or cheek. After that, you can eat normally, although it’s advisable to avoid very hard or sticky foods for the first 24 hours to make sure the dental filling sets properly.

How do I care for my dental fillings?

Maintain good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing regularly, and visit your dentist for routine check-ups and cleanings. Avoid biting on hard objects to prevent damage to your fillings, and use a fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen your teeth.

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