Dental fillings are used to replace a portion of a tooth that has been damaged by decay or eroded by trauma. Restoring the tooth with a filling helps preserve the integrity of the tooth and prevent future damage, which can ultimately help you save the tooth. Fillings were traditionally made from metal, but today, they can be made from a range of materials including porcelain and composite resin. With local anesthetics, the process of having a dental filling is virtually painless.
Dental fillings are most often used to repair cavities, which are spots of tooth decay caused by oral bacteria. By removing the decayed material from your tooth and repairing the hole with a filling material, this would cease the decay from progressing any further. With clean hole surfaces for the filling material to bond to and create a tight seal, the filling will keep the tooth strong and resistant to damage such as cracks and chips.
During your regular teeth cleaning and checkup appointments, we can use digital X-rays to detect small, pinhole cavities before they cause any symptoms of pain or sensitivity. It’s often best to fill the cavities in the early stage before they begin to cause any symptoms and continue to grow larger, as it can present a greater threat to the integrity of the tooth.