A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a tooth has been damaged by decay, and cavities are small enough to fix, a dental filling is the best way to restore the tooth’s functionality and integrity. By sealing off the area of the small hole left behind created by the cavity, bacteria are unable to enter, preventing further decay.
Once it is determined the patient needs a filling the dentist will first remove the decay from the tooth and clean the affected area. The cleaned-out cavity will then be filled with a composite material to protect the tooth from further decay.
Modern fillings are very esthetic and once completed, completely blend in with the tooth. There are a variety of filling materials that include:
- Porcelain fillings are also called inlays or onlays and are created in a lab and then bonded to the tooth. They can be matched to the color of the tooth and resist staining. A porcelain restoration generally covers most of the tooth.
- Amalgam fillings, or metal fillings, are resistant to wear and relatively inexpensive. They are more noticeable because of their dark color.
- Composite Fillings are matched to be the same color as your teeth giving you the seamless look that keeps you feeling confident in your smile. The ingredients are mixed and placed directly into the cavity, where they harden. Composites usually do not work for a larger area because over time they may wear or chip.
If you need a cavity please call our office and one of our helpful staff members will be happy to assist you.