Do I Need A Tooth Filling?
Tooth fillings, or tooth restorations, are necessary to restore teeth that are damaged or decayed. Cavities are restored using tooth colored restorations that match the shade of the existing teeth to ensure they are not noticeable. The purpose is to seal off the tooth to help prevent food and other matter from getting underneath and causing further harm to the tooth. Permanent tooth fillings are very durable and last many years.
A filling is a composite resin that is tooth colored. They are a very safe material and can be used on both back and front teeth. Tooth fillings are used on teeth with minor decay or fractures.
The composite resin material is applied to fill in the cavity. It is bonded to the tooth and “light cured” to create a hardened restoration. The tooth filling is then finished and polished to ensure smoothness. The bite is then checked to make sure the patient is not biting on the new restoration. This will prevent any discomfort after the procedure.