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Restore Your Smile With Fillings

Fillings are mainly used to treat cavities – we will remove the decay and the area where the decayed matter was removed will be filled in.

What are other uses for fillings?

Other uses for fillings include:

  • To repair chipped or discolored parts of teeth
  • To repair broken teeth
  • To repair worn down teeth

What types of filling materials can I choose from?

Traditional filling materials have included gold, porcelain, silver, and composite. These materials are strong and durable and are perfectly suited for those areas in the back of the mouth where stronger chewing forces exist. Some of these traditional materials containing metals are used infrequently today in favor of newer materials.

Newer composite materials can be used to create natural looking teeth, and are a perfect choice where teeth are visible and appearance is more important.

Composite resins can be used on the back teeth as well, but due to the added stress on the back teeth, a stronger alternative may be required. This does not mean, however, that you must choose metallic options, because we now have very strong ceramic alternatives.

What type of filling is right for me?

Drs. Sackman or Whittle will consult with you to decide which type of material best suits your needs. Factors to consider include:

  • Which material will best fit the location of the filling in your mouth
  • The amount of the tooth structure remaining
  • The number of visits it will take to restore the tooth
  • The cost involved

What restoration options are available?

Direct restorations are fillings placed immediately into a prepared cavity in a single visit. They include dental amalgam, glass ionomers, resin ionomers and composite (resin) fillings.

Direct restorations usually require only one appointment.

Indirect restorations usually require two visits. They include inlays, onlays, veneers, crowns and bridges fabricated with gold, base metal alloys, ceramics, or composites.

During the first visit, the tooth is prepared and an impression of the area to be restored is taken. A temporary cover is then placed over the prepared tooth. The impression is sent to a dental laboratory, where your custom-made dental restoration is created.

At the following appointment, the restoration is cemented into the prepared cavity, and adjusted for proper fit.


Dr. Sackman, Leesa and the staff know how to take care of people. I have seen Dr. Sackman speak about the work he does and it is clear he is educated and committed to providing excellent care for his patients.

Ariel H.

We’ve been patients at Redmond Family Dentistry for years. Mostly we see Dr. Sackman, who is pleasant and takes time to explain things. His staff are wonderful too. At the front desk, they take time to walk you through insurance, billing, and costs of recommended treatments. The hygienists do a good job with cleanings, which, let’s be honest, are nobody’s favorite way to spend an hour. They have been great with my daughter since she was little.

Jessica S.

This office is AMAZING. I can’t say enough good things about them. I needed to have a root canal done pretty urgently and they did everything possible to fit me in within my timeframe. They referred me out to an endodontist for the actual root canal, but all the other work was done in their office. Dr. Whittle did most of my work and she was awesome. The assistants were really great as well. They were exactly on time, never a wait. They numbed me well and were concerned about my comfort. I really really really hate the dentist, hence waiting until I had to have a root canal, but I will definitely be going here again.

Launa B.