A dental filling is a way to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay. There are several different types of fillings available today, all of which are used to return your tooth back to its normal shape and function.

A filling procedure consists of the dentist first removing the decayed tooth material, cleaning the area, and then filling in the space left by the cavity with filling material. Fillings close off the space where bacteria have entered, preventing further decay and infection. If the decay or fracture has damaged a large enough portion of the tooth, a crown may be recommended by your dentist as a better form of treatment, instead of a filling.

Composite resins or ‘tooth-colored fillings’ have become the standard of care for dentists over the past few decades and are the most popular option amongst our patients. A composite resin filling is a tooth-colored plastic and glass mixture that is white in color and can be easily blended to match the color of your existing tooth. Many patients with traditional fillings (amalgam, silver or gold) can feel self-conscious when they smile and composite fillings offer an alternative choice for those who prefer that their fillings look more natural.

Composite fillings are strong, stain resistant and require less removal of your natural tooth structure than a traditional amalgam filling. Additionally, due to their aesthetic appeal composites are also widely used for cosmetic improvements of the smile by changing the color, shape or size of a tooth, in addition to treating cavities.

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