A filling is used to correct a tooth which has been harmed by decay and has a cavity. These fillings return the tooth to normal function and shape. When used, the dentist will first eliminate any decay and clean away affected tooth material. Next, the cleaned out cavity will be filled with one of the available materials. A filling also helps to prevent additional decay.
The type of filling which is suitable for a person will depend on the degree of damage, whether the individual has allergies to specific substances, where the cavity is located in the mouth, and the cost of the material. The materials used include:
One of the most obvious advantages of tooth-colored fillings is that they're virtually invisible to anyone but your dentist, so you can feel confident about the way your teeth look even after a large restoration. Another major advantage of tooth-colored fillings is that they don't contain any mercury, which is a primary component of metal amalgam fillings. That means there's no risk of mercury leaching out of the fillings over time. Additionally, resin fillings are designed to bond more firmly to the tooth surface, helping to prevent decay-causing bacteria from seeping in around the filling edges to help prevent cavities from forming around or under the filling.
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