A filling is a way to restore a damaged or decaying tooth to a healthy state. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, the dentist will first remove the decayed area, clean the affected area, then fill the cavity. The filling helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter. Fillings are one of the most common dental procedures, and it the first line of treatment for most cavities. It’s vital to locate and fill cavities as soon as possible, to limit the damage to the tooth.
What is a composite filling?
For many years, amalgam was the standard in dental fillings. Amalgam is a mixture of several metals, including mercury, silver, tin, and copper. A composite filling is made of a resin formed from ceramic and plastic. The most notable benefit of composite dental fillings is that they are invisible – they match the natural color of your teeth! Aside from the cosmetic advantages, composite fillings also adhere easily to your tooth and are flexible, meaning that there may be less drilling required.
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