Signs You May Need a Tooth Filling

No one wants to get a filling, but oftentimes they’re necessary for eliminating pain and discomfort and for preventing more serious problems from occurring later on. Fillings help to repair cavities, but they also can help repair cracks in teeth. So, how do you know if you may need a filling? Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to make an appointment with your Torrance dentist.

  • Tooth pain when biting or chewing
  • A dark spot on your tooth
  • A physical hole in your tooth that you can see or feel
  • Rough, chipped, or broken teeth 
  • Sensitivity to hot, cold, or sugary foods
  • Dental floss tearing in a particular spot


We are a mercury-free practice. However, many people still have silver/mercury fillings in their mouths from years past. These fillings are not particularly pleasing to the eye, and we know that by unavoidable design, silver/mercury fillings ultimately result in a weaker tooth structure. Composite Fillings and Porcelain inlays and Tooth Colored Restorations (onlays) create fillings that are not only beautiful (or unnoticeable) but also add strength to weakened teeth. These restorations are aesthetically pleasing and very strong thanks to new bonding technologies.


Silver fillings have many drawbacks. The edges of the silver filling can wear down, become weak or break. This results in the tooth not being protected and lets cavities get started once again. With age, the metal of a silver filling expands, contracts, and can split. Our Torrance dentist can help.

Silver fillings contain 50 percent mercury. They can corrode, leak and cause stains on your teeth and gums.

Fortunately, silver fillings can safely be replaced with Tooth-Colored Restorations.


There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. Composite fillings, or inlays and onlays are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. Such restorations can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.

Since the resin used in tooth-colored restorations contain fluoride this can help prevent decay. The resin wears like natural teeth and does not require placement at the gum line, which is healthier for your gums!

The result is a beautiful smile!


You can have your fillings replaced with composite fillings or tooth-colored restorations (onlays).

Composite fillings can be done in one appointment at your Torrance dental clinic. They are a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture used to restore decayed teeth. Composite fillings are also used for cosmetic improvements to change the color of teeth or reshape disfigured teeth.

Cosmetic dental bonding is a versatile and affordable way to improve the appearance of chipped teeth, stained teeth and gapped teeth. As one of the most conservative cosmetic dentistry treatments around, cosmetic dental bonding requires little to no prepping and preserves most of the natural tooth structure. And it’s fast, too! Dental bonding usually takes just one visit to complete.

Inlays and onlays process requires two appointments.

Your First Appointment:

  1. The old filling is removed along with any additional decay.
  2. An impression is made of your teeth. A model of your teeth is made and sent to the lab.
  3. A temporary onlay is placed on the tooth.

At the Lab: A resin is carefully placed into the model of your teeth. It is then designed to look natural.

Your Second Appointment:

  1. The temporary onlay is removed.
  2. A conditioning gel is placed on your tooth to prepare it for the new onlay.
  3. Bonding cement is placed on the tooth and a high-intensity light bonds the resin to the tooth.
  4. The tooth is then polished.

Your teeth are restored to a natural look and feel, they are stronger and the tooth is protected!