Dental Fillings

What are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are restorative materials used to repair damaged teeth by treating the tiny holes in the enamel of decayed, broken, or damaged teeth. Fillings prevent further damage and restore the shape, function, and strength of the damaged tooth. The durability of fillings depends on the material used: amalgam, composite, ceramic, and glass ionomer.

Who Might Need Dental Fillings?

Anyone can develop cavities, which means that anyone can benefit from dental fillings. Still, some people may be more prone to developing cavities than others. These factors include excess sugar or acidic food consumption, poor oral hygiene, and dry mouth. Additionally, people who grind their teeth or have a history of tooth decay may benefit from dental fillings.


5 Signs You May Need a Dental Filling

  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold drinks
  • Visible cavity on the enamel
  • Toothache or pain when biting or chewing
  • Rough or uneven tooth surfaces

Statistics About Dental Fillings in Santa Clarita

  • Among adults aged 20-64, 91% had dental caries and 27% had untreated tooth decay.
  • About one in five adults aged 65 and over had untreated tooth decay

Why Choose Santa Clarita Dental Care for Dental Fillings in Santa Clarita?

At Santa Clarita Dental Care, we pride ourselves on our commitment to providing our patients with the highest-quality care. Our team of experienced professionals use advanced, proven technologies and apply the latest techniques to ensure that your dental fillings are long-lasting and effective. We prioritize personalized care. That is why we value your concerns and address your specific needs. To schedule a consultation, please call us at 661-260-0833.

Dental Fillings FAQs

What are dental fillings made of?

Dental fillings are made of single or combinations of materials including composite resin, porcelain, gold, and silver amalgam.

Are dental fillings painful?

It is common for fillings to cause little to no discomfort. The dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area before beginning the procedure.

How long do dental fillings last?

The lifespan of a dental filling depends on the material used and oral hygiene habits. With proper care, dental fillings can last from 5 to 15 years.

Can I eat or drink normally after getting a dental filling?

Yes. You can eat and drink normally after a dental filling. The general rule of thumb is to avoid hot or cold food and drinks immediately after.

Are there any risks or side effects associated with dental fillings?

While rare, some people may experience sensitivity, pain, or an allergic reaction to the materials used in dental fillings.


1Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2015, November 6). Dental Caries and Tooth Loss in Adults in the States. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Retrieved April 14, 2023, from