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Fillings are the most common treatment used to restore decayed teeth, and are normally completed in a single visit. Local anesthesia can be used to numb the tooth, decay is removed, and the filling is placed, shaped and polished.

Two types of materials; composite and amalgam, are normally the materials of choice for fillings. Composite fillings are available in a wide variety of shades and can be mixed to achieve a natural result. This material is also used to bond teeth that are worn, stained or cracked.

Temporary temperature sensitivity is normal after first receiving a filling. The sensitivity will subside as the tooth becomes used to the new restoration.