Dental fillings are traditional dental restorations that treat teeth affected by cavities (holes in teeth that are caused by tooth decay). The procedure involves cleaning the cavity of infected tooth tissues and infectious oral bacteria, then filling the hole with a durable, man-made material. A filling can usually be placed during a single visit, and can restore your tooth’s strength while stopping the spread of tooth decay and the continued growth of a cavity.
The Benefits of Tooth-Colored Fillings
For most patients, we prefer to use tooth-colored composite resin fillings – the same material used to perform lifelike cosmetic dental bonding. There are several advantages to tooth-colored fillings over more traditional ones, including;
- Appearance – tooth-colored fillings are designed to blend in with your tooth, rather than standing out like metal fillings.
- Precision – unlike metal, composite resin conforms more accurately to the shape of your tooth’s cavity to create a more effective restoration.
- Comfort – composite resin fillings are biocompatible, meaning they do not harm your tooth’s structure as metal may often do.
- Dental health – by treating a cavity early with a tooth-colored filling, you can avoid the need for more extensive treatment, such as root canal therapy.