Dental fillings (or restorations) are used to restore the function and anatomy of tooth structure damaged by cavities, over use, or trauma.
Need a filling?
Your dentist will use a small mirror to examine the surfaces of each tooth, and anything that looks abnormal such as discoloration, is sensitive to temperature changes or defective, will be closely checked and X-rayed. The treatment will depend on the extent of damage.
A composite resin filling is made from a mixture of plastic and fine glass particles and matches the color of the tooth. Composite fillings bond directly to the tooth, reducing the drilling needed (like for a amalgam filling) and they are stronger than amalgam fillings.
Although most people can develop tooth decay or cavities, these dental issues can be avoided with easy everyday habits. You can maintain good oral health by brushing your teeth twice a day. Interdental cleaning is important as it removes plaque and food particles between your teeth. Regular dentist appointments will help to identify and treat dental problems.
Tooth drilling may sound scary, but it is always a good idea to take care of dental issues like tooth decay as soon as possible. With different dental treatment options available for various procedures, you may be able to avoid the drill. It’s a great idea to consult your dental professional about alternative methods; they can explain exactly what will happen and help you calm your nerves.