Dental Fillings in Greenwood Village

tooth with white dental filling

How Long do Fillings Last?

Fillings may last around 10 years, but it really depends on a lot of factors.  For example, when you get new tires on your car how long they last depend on often you drive your car, how you drive your car, and how well you take care of them.  Dental fillings are similar.  How they last primarily comes down to how well you take care of your teeth, how often you chew foods, as well as how large the fillings are.  For instance, the smaller the filling, the longer it will last.

After a filling fails then it will need to be replaced.  When a filling starts to fail, often our dentist can visually see that it’s failing.  Other times we can see this on an X-Ray.

What are Dental Fillings Made of?

To provide a history lesson on fillings, amalgam was the filling material of choice starting around 150 years ago.  Although cost effective and strong, it has several disadvantages such as the fact it contains mercury.  Luckily in the 1950’s resin composites were developed for fillings.  As a result, the amount of amalgam restorations has been constantly decreasing.

Hampden Dental loft doesn’t use amalgam at all because it contains mercury.  We only use composite as well as glass ionomer. 

Amalgam Fillings

Are silver fillings safe? That’s a common question when people need fillings.  The answer really depends on whom you ask.  Some people and organizations think it’s safe and some don’t.  The fact is the amalgam is made up of 50% mercury.  Due to this, composite fillings are much safer, and they are much more aesthetically pleasing as well.  Therefore, Hampden Dental Loft does not place amalgam fillings.

Composite Fillings

As mentioned, this type of filling was developed in the 1950’s and has been improving ever since.  Not only is this type of filling aesthetically pleasing, but it’s much safer than amalgam.  Plus, they are strong and can last just as long as silver fillings.

Glass Ionomer Fillings

Although not used as often as composite fillings, they do serve a great purpose.  Since this material is not as strong as composite, it can only be used on baby teeth and non-chewing surfaces.  However, it has a great property as it will release fluoride.  As a result, when this type of filling is used, it can prevent tooth decay.  Hampden Dental Loft uses glass ionomer on when placing a filling on the side of a tooth. 

Are Dental Fillings Safe?

As mentioned, from a safety perspective amalgam filling are not ideal.  For that reason, Hampden Dental Loft doesn’t place that type of filling.  Regarding other materials, they obviously aren’t as ideal as a natural tooth.  However, they are widely accepted as being safe. 

Can I get a Filling During Pregnancy?

Many studies have shown that white composite fillings are safe during pregnancy.   In fact, by delaying the filling, you would be risking that the decay gets worse.  Therefore, it’s often best to get a filling during pregnancy to prevent it from getting worse.

When are Dental Fillings Necessary?

There are two major reasons that fillings are needed:

Tooth Decay

Also referred to as cavities, tooth decay is defined as when the tooth’s enamel becomes permanently damaged due to bacteria.  The bacteria’s waste will cause plaque to build up, which in turn will cause acids to accumulate.  Finally, the acids will eat away enamel and cause the tooth decay.  When this happens, the decay will cause a hole in the tooth, which is why tooth decay is also called cavities.


Sometimes when you don’t like the shape of a tooth, we can do a filling to enhance the shape.  Other options could be a dental crown or onlay.  Of course, the filling is the simpler procedure and can make sense when the shape doesn’t require a major overhaul. 

Are Dental Fillings Covered by Insurance?

Yes, dental fillings are typically covered by insurance at approximately 80%.

What is the Procedure for Dental Fillings?

Getting a filling is simple and routine process.  The first step is making the area around the tooth numb with a local anesthetic.  After you’re numb the dentist will drill out the decay and then fill the cavity with either a composite or glass ionomer. 

How Do I Prevent Cavities?

  • Brush teeth at least twice per day with a toothpaste that contains fluoride
  • Floss teeth daily
  • Reduce sugary foods and beverages
  • Reduce acidic beverages such as coffee
  • See the dentist for teeth cleanings according to according to the schedule they suggest
  • Fluoride treatment at the dental office

Why get fillings at Hampden Dental Loft?

First, you can be sure that you’ll be taken care of.  Our caring team will make sure you’re well informed and comfortable throughout the entire process.  Of course, don’t just take our word for it, read our raving reviews from our patients.  Second, our Greenwood Village dental practice is loaded with technology and this allows us to provide the best care possible.  You can be sure that you’ll have a great experience at our office.  If you’re looking for a dental filling in or near the DTC we would love to help.

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