What is a dental filling?
A dental filling is a way to repair a tooth damaged by cavity, fracture, or wear, back to its normal function and shape. When Dr. Amee prescribes a dental filling for you, she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. If tooth decay is not removed in its early stages, it might worsen and cause more serious dental health issues in future.
Which type of dental filling is best for me?
No one type of filling is best for everyone. What’s right for you will be determined by your dentist depending on factor such as the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed etc.
When is a filing necessary?
A filling is needed when:
- Any surface of a tooth is damaged due to decay, fracture, or wear.
- A tooth’s surface needs to be evened out to improve your ability to bite or chew food.
What is a tooth-colored (“composite”) filling?
Composite fillings are tooth-colored filling materials which provide an excellent option for fillings by blending in to your tooth structure. They serve both functional and aesthetic roles, often at the same time.
They contain a mix of liquid resin embedded with finely ground glass particles. After being molded against conditioned tooth structure, blue light applied directly to the composite leads to a firm set within seconds. Shaped and polished, a high shine reflecting the beauty of natural enamel results in an invisible restoration: strong, smooth, conservative.