Cavities are the number one enemy of your teeth, and unfortunately, one of the most common dental problems experienced by both children and adults. The primary way to fix a cavity is by filling it, and this is one of the most routine dental procedures today.
But what exactly is involved in filling a tooth? And what type of filling is best?
Put simply, a filling is a way to restore a tooth that has been damaged by decay.
A cavity is a damaged part of your tooth that has developed into a hole. When your dentist decides to fill a cavity, he or she removes any decay and cleans the affected area. Next, the dentist fills the cavity with a special filling material. This restores the tooth to its proper shape and function, as well as preventing further decay.
There are various materials that dentists use to fill cavities, and no one material is best for everyone. Before deciding which material to use for your tooth, your dentist will consider which tooth needs to be filled, how much of it has been damaged, what allergies you have, and the cost.
The most popular filling materials are made of the following materials:
This question depends on a variety of factors, all of which your dentist knows best. If you suspect that you have a cavity, make an appointment today. We’ll help you determine the best available option and fix your tooth as soon as possible!