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Dental Fillings in Salt Lake City, UT

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Dental Fillings

One of the most routine parts of dental care is treating cavities, which is an area of decay in the tooth. When you have a cavity in your tooth, it's important that you schedule an appointment with the dental team at Legacy Dental. We are trained in a variety of dental care areas and can help you repair any issues that you have with your teeth.

First, the dentist will clean out the affected tooth, which leaves behind a hole. Then, the hole will be filled in and evened out so that it feels right and is protected against further decay.

5 Types of Dental Filling Material

There are 5 types of dental filling material. You may not be able to choose the material, but it does help to know your options:

  • Silver amalgam 
  • Composite 
  • Ceramic 
  • Glass ionomer 
  • Gold  

How to Know When You Need a Filling

If you are experiencing pain and/or sensitivity around one or more of your teeth, you may have a cavity or decay in that tooth. If you are having pain and/or sensitivity, contact the clinic right away so that you can have it taken care of and get back to enjoying your favorite foods and beverages.

When you come in, the dentist will perform some simple tests to determine what your needs are:

Visual Assessment

The dentist will start by looking around your mouth, especially around the area where you are experiencing pain and/or sensitivity. At this time, the dentist will be looking for obvious signs of a cavity.


Following the visual assessment, the dentist will likely use a small instrument- like a pick- to tap/poke your teeth. This will help determine the severity of the decay. The sharp point goes into the decayed dentin and will make a pinging sound when removed, referred to as a "stick". You will hear and feel the pick, but it should not hurt.

This process is known as palpation and will help find occlusal decay, which is decay on the top/sides of your teeth. It is not effective for finding interproximal decay, which is decay that is between the teeth.

This probing will also identify other teeth that need to be further examined or problems not related to cavities. Decay is not the only thing that may cause pain/sensitivity around your teeth.


Once the visual assessment and palpation/probing is complete, the dentist will want to have some x-rays done to get a more in-depth look at your teeth. This will reveal the size/severity of the cavities/decay in your teeth.

Dental Filling Procedure Explained

When you make your appointment with the team at Legacy Dental in Salt Lake City, Utah, it's important that you know what to expect. Here's how the procedure will go:

  1. The dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the tooth that is going to be worked on. 
  2. Next, the dentist will remove the area that is decayed. This will depend on what type of instrument the dentist prefers to use, as well as the location and severity of the decay in your tooth. 
  3. The dentist will then probe/test the area as the decay is being removed to determine if the decay is fully removed. Once the decay is completely cleaned out, the space will be prepared for the filling by cleaning out any debris/bacteria that have been left behind. If the decay is close to the root, the dentist may put in a liner to protect the nerve- glass ionomer or composite resin are the most common. 
  4. Once the filling material has been added, the dentist will finish/polish it.  

If you have tooth-colored fillings, additional steps will be required. Once the decay is removed and the tooth-colored material is layered in the space. A Special Dental light is used to harden each layer. Once the layering process is complete, the dentist will shape the material and trim off any excess material and polish it.

Caring for Teeth with Fillings

If you have dental fillings, you should maintain good oral hygiene habits:

  • Schedule regular visits- at least once, if not twice yearly- for cleanings and check-ups 
  • Brush with fluoride toothpaste twice daily 
  • Floss at least once daily  

If you experience the following, it's important to contact Legacy Dental immediately. We are open Monday through Thursday 8 AM to 8 PM and Friday 8 AM to 5 PM. We are also open on Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM for your dental emergency needs.

  • Tooth sensitivity 
  • Sharp edges 
  • Crack in your filling 
  • Missing a piece of the filling  

If the dentist suspects that you have a crack in one of your fillings or it's leaking, x-rays will be taken to determine the next steps in treatment.

Causes of Pain around Dental Fillings

There are several reasons you may experience pain around your dental filling:

  • Pain when biting: go back to your dentist to have it reshaped 
  • Pain when teeth are touching: this pain should resolve within a short period of time 
  • Toothache pain: the tooth is no longer healthy and you need to go back to the dentist for a root canal 
  • Referred pain: this pain should resolve within 1-2 weeks

Reasons a Dental Filling Needs to Be Replaced

There are some situations when a dental filling will need to be replaced:

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Normal wear/tear

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Filling failure

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Filling/decay is large


Cost of Dental Fillings

On average, the cost of dental fillings ranges from $200 to $1000, depending on the size of the filling and the material used. Most insurance plans will cover composite fillings up to the cost of a silver amalgam filling. However, you will be responsible for the difference. Before pursuing any dental treatment, it's important to find out what your dental plan covers and if you have other options for treatment that may cost less.

  • ‘‘Dr. Campbell and his staff create a warm, welcoming environment while providing honest, quality care! I have been to so many dentists in the past who have made me feel anxious or have tried to “upsell” me on treatments I haven’t needed. Dr. Campbell is the exact opposite of that! If you want a dentist that is patient, friendly, thorough, and values integrity, I highly recommend this office!’’

    Michelle J. (Legacy Dental Patient)
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How to reach us in and around Salt Lake City, Utah

Monday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Tuesday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Wednesday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Thursday: 8.00am – 8:00pm
Friday: 8.00am – 5:00pm
Saturday: 8.00am – 2:00pm
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