Have you ever had a dentist recommend a filling and thought: “Why do we need dental fillings?” In many cases, this restorative procedure is necessary for protecting your teeth from major health complications. In addition, we can use this option to return your tooth to optimal function and beauty.

The Causes and Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Cavities form when harmful bacteria bypass the protective layer of outer enamel. This could occur as a result of trauma or poor oral hygiene weakening the enamel. Once bacteria reach the layers of dentin, a cavity can form. Patients may then notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures or a persistent toothache. If you encounter either of these symptoms, then please schedule a visit with a dental professional for a diagnosis or to discuss possible treatment options.

Lifelike Fillings

If the dentist discovers indicators of decay, treatment will be provided right away. Otherwise, the decay may continue to spread until the teeth develop a painful infection or dental abscess. To correct the issue, we may place a composite filling. Unlike older restorations, which were made from metal, these are made using a metal-free resin. This material can mimic the appearance of natural tooth structure, so no one but you and the dentist knows you have a restoration.

Placing a Composite Filling

The process begins with the dentist removing decay from the tooth. Next, the composite material will be shaded to match the tooth and placed in several layers. The dentist will use a special light to cure the material. The entire procedure can be completed in a single visit for your convenience. If you have any questions about this process or any of our other dental restorations, then please contact our office today.


Located in Brighton, MA, Brighton Family Dental Group features experienced dentists and an excellent range of in-office treatments for every member of your family who needs dental care. If you’d like to learn more, you can schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Thomas Villani or Dr. Richard Kondrat by calling our office at (617) 562-5210.