If X-rays show signs of minor to moderate tooth decay or damage within a tooth a dental filling may be required in order to restore the health of the tooth and prevent further decay. Dental filling procedures can oftentimes be completed in one simple visit. In this short dental visit, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed. The empty tooth is then filled with your preferred filling of either a white composite material or metal alloy. At Tilger Center for Dentistry, we offer a variety of shades of white composite materials in order to accurately match your tooth’s exact color for the most natural look. This makes the filling look like your own tooth and gives a very natural aesthetic. With proper care fillings can last several years.