Why: Fillings are necessary when there is decay that has made its way past the hard outer shell (enamel) of the tooth. 


  1. The decay on the affected tooth is removed. 
  2. The tooth is cleaned and a layer of bonding material is placed (it is used to bond the tooth to the filling).
  3. A tooth colored composite material (filling) now replaces the missing tooth structure.

Next Steps: Fillings generally last 3 years or more depending on home care and other factors.