A filling becomes necessary when a tooth is decayed. Advances in modern dental materials offer many different options in repairing damaged and decayed teeth. Several factors should be considered in determining the type of restoration appropriate for you. These include the location of the cavity, size of the filling, and associated expense. After a careful examination we will discuss and recommend the appropriate type of restoration before beginning treatment.
The most comparable material to natural human teeth, especially over out dated amalgam fillings, is a composite resin. These tooth-colored fillings help restore the natural appearance of a decayed or previously filled tooth. The advantage of a composite filling compared to other dental restorations is that less of the healthy tooth structure is removed resulting in a smaller sized filling. Composites are bonded or adhesively held within the cavity and provide good durability and resistance to fracture.
Placement of a filling usually requires just one visit. The procedure takes between 30 and 60 minutes to complete and is generally done under local anesthesia.
Poor oral hygiene, poor diet, gum recession or insufficient saliva can contribute to tooth decay. Regular dental examinations are important to detect early signs of decay. It is important not to wait until a tooth hurts or a filling becomes cracked since this will only complicate the treatment process.