If a tooth shows signs of minor to moderate tooth decay or damage a dental filling may be necessary. Dental fillings are performed by the doctor and can usually be completed in one simple visit. First, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed and cleaned. Then, the tooth is filled with your preferred filling of either white composite material or a metal alloy. Using white composite materials our office can customize your filling’s color in any array of shades to accurately match your tooth’s color, making the look very natural. Most fillings can last up to several years with proper care. For more moderate decay that has gone deeper into the tooth’s pulp, a root canal procedure may be necessary. Our amazing staff and our most experienced Dr. Schreiner, will make this process comfortable for you. Most importantly proper care and regular visits will prevent the need for future treatments.