A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures, etc. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a filling.
There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Although silver amalgam was the dominant choice years ago, today white composite (resin) fillings are the most widely used. Because composite fillings are tooth colored, they can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth, and are more esthetically suited for use in front teeth or the more visible areas of the teeth. Patients can elect to have their old silver fillings replaced with the more esthetic white fillings.
Reasons for fillings:
- Chipped teeth
- Closing space between two teeth
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Decayed teeth
- Worn teeth
How are fillings placed?
While the tooth is numb, your dentist will remove decay as necessary. The filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function. You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment. Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new fillings.