A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. The procedure involves first removing the decayed tooth material, cleaning the affected area, and then filling the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), and silver amalgam.
When you need a dental filling, you have many choices. But since different types of fillings are better for different dental conditions, we will help you decide which type of filling is right for you based on factors including the location and severity of the decay, the cost of the filling.