Nearly everyone will experience tooth decay at some point in their life. Though patients who practice consistent daily hygiene and visit us once every six months for a dental cleaning enjoy improved protection against cavity formation, there is no perfect method for avoiding decay. Fortunately, there is a solution to dealing with the damage. Dental fillings are often ideal for treating mild to moderate cavities caused by progressive tooth decay.

Why You Have a Cavity

Tooth decay occurs as the result of plaque buildup. Filled with bacteria that release acids while they feed on carbohydrates in your mouth, plaque will soften and break down your tooth’s enamel – its outermost tissue layer. A hole, or cavity, will develop as a result, providing easy entry for bacteria to invade your tooth. Your cavity will continue to grow until you seek restorative treatment.

What to Expect from a Filling

If necessary, we will numb your tooth and the surrounding tissues before we begin your tooth filling treatment. Placing a filling within the cavity will seal the entrance to your tooth, restoring its structure and preventing bacteria from re-entering and re-infecting it. In addition, cleaning the cavity stops it from becoming extremely large, and protects your tooth from the subsequent need for root canal treatment or tooth extraction.

Types of Fillings

We offer our patients amalgam fillings as well as tooth-colored fillings. Amalgam is composed of mixed metals, offering a budget-friendly option. Tooth-colored fillings are composed of a synthetic resin material called composite, which we will color-match to your surrounding tooth for an undetectable finish.


Dr. Murray and our team at Red Bridge Family dental thank you for choosing us as your dental care provider and look forward to meeting you and your family. With a strong focus on patient comfort, we provide comprehensive dental services to address the needs of every family member, including preventive, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, as well as dental implants. We encourage you to visit us for preventive care, so we may assist you in maintaining a beautiful, healthy smile for years to come. Contact us at your convenience: (816) 943-0600.