A filling is a way to restore a decayed tooth back to its normal shape and function. For a Dental Filling, your dentist will first remove the decayed tooth material, and/or any old filling material, clean the affected area and then fill the cleaned-out cavity with a filling material. This filling will help prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria might enter.
Tooth colored resins, or tooth colored fillings, also referred to as composites, provide good durability and resistance to fracture. They can be used on either front or back teeth. Additionally, because they are bonded to the tooth structure, they work to reinforce the filled tooth better than metal fillings do. However, Amalgam fillings work better when the decay is too deep under the gum where resins fillings cannot bond to the tooth.
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