Fillings Specialist

Jane L. Dodson, DDS -  - Dentist

Bainbridge Dental Associates

Jane L. Dodson, DDS

Dentist located in Chagrin Falls, OH

At Bainbridge Dental Associates, Dr. Jane L. Dodson offers Fillings. Call us or request an appointment online.

Fillings Q & A

Why pay for a filling today when I can put off the expense for another day?

I understand the logic of that statement. I usually get this question when concerns over money are the issue. Here is a thought of a way to make dental costs cheaper.

Put off until tomorrow what you can do today.  Humm!! I know you want to save money, right? Well, the filling or any treatment will be cheaper IF it is done sooner rather than later. The smaller the filling, the more tooth is left to chew and smile with. We live a LONG life now. So those pearly whites have to last until the final day if we are to have real quality of life and not end up chewing dinner through plastic laboratory made teeth.

Not all fillings are the same either.

The cost of fillings varies with the size of the filling. Smaller is cheaper, bigger is more expensive. Having a tooth filled when the cavity is small is a simple and cost-effective thing to do. A simple filling can often be done for $200-$250. You can easily spend that much at the beauty parlor. Letting the cavity get out of control makes it difficult to fix and MUCH more expensive. A cavity that goes too far may require more than a filling: if the decay is too deep, it may kill the nerve of the tooth, then need a crown or cap to strengthen the weakened tooth. If the tooth abscesses it will be well over $1,500. just to keep the tooth. Sooo…my bailout to you is to go ahead and have your tooth filled. Honestly, it will save you money to get it fixed sooner than later, to say nothing of saving the pain of an unexpected toothache when it’s least expected or planned upon.


Believe it or not, your own mouth BACTERIA are the culprits that cause tooth decay.  There is a formula which is:

                                                                clean tooth + sugar does NOT equal decay.


                                               bacteria (plaque) covered tooth + sugar DOES equal decay for sure.

Bacteria live nicely in our mouths with or without the food we eat.  Each of us has a different set of these bacteria, which is why some people get more cavities than others do. When these bacteria are not removed by brushing after meals and regular flossing, the bacteria clump together to form plaque. This happens again every 24 hours. Bacteria in plaque produce acid (They excrete just like you and I do.) This acid eats away tooth enamel and results in decay, eventually making a hole in the tooth called a cavity. When sugar is more plentiful, the acid forms quicker and tooth holes get large faster. Once a hole in the tooth is started, it will only get bigger.  It does not go away as the adds may want you to think it will.

Untreated, a dental cavity can infect the tooth’s nerve and produce infection in the pulp, the hollow part, at the center of the tooth. This could require a root canal (which is actually a root filling)procedure to repair.


Different treatments required to repair the damage caused by a dental cavity depend on the degree of damage and determination by the dentist and patient regarding cost, esthetic, and health considerations:

• Dental fillings

• Porcelain inlays and onlays

• Dental crowns

• Root canal (Root Filling)

Dental Fillings

A filling consists of repairing a minor cavity by filling the cleaned out damaged tooth area with a silver (and mercury or) amalgam filling, white composite, or porcelain resin. 

Our office prefers to use a white composite or porcelain resin which has an aesthetic white appearance and avoids potential health considerations connected with a metal filling.

Porcelain Inlays and Onlays

When the decayed portion of your tooth is too large for a dental filling,(when a biting cusp is gone) but not quite large enough to require a dental crown, inlays are used to  repair the damaged tooth area.  Porcelain Onlays are used for damage extending beyond one cusp or bump of the tooth.

Dental Crown

When a cavity is extensive, a dental crown is used to repair the damage and protect your tooth. The decayed or rotten portion of the tooth is removed and encased like a thimble fits your finger by a dental crown.

Root Canal

Root Canal treatment is the removal of diseased or infected pulp around a tooth's nerves. This pulp is located inside in a hollow part of each tooth called the tooth’s nerve chamber or “canal”. The procedure cleans, medicates and then seals the tooth chambers. Then 98% of the time a dental crown is required to cover, strengthen, and protect the tooth.


Dentists recommend replacing metal fillings if they are not sealing the tooth as they did when they were originally placed.  Nothing is forever, so filling must be upgraded over time, just like everything else in life.


Come in for a dental examination with Dr. Dodson and she will discuss with you your options including prices of alternative treatments. Waiting can be a big mistake financially and health-wise when it comes to fixing a cavity.  Call today.