A filling is used to repair a tooth that has been affected by decay, fractured or wear.
It repairs and restores the surface of the tooth.
Before a filling is placed the decayed is removed and the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and shaped. Then the tooth is restored with a new filling. If the decay is in close proximity with the nerve of the tooth, then a special medication will be applied for added protection. The filling will then be precisely placed, shaped and contoured, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
There are a few choices when it comes to filling materials, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. We can discuss the best option for your particular needs in person. The most commonly used fillings today are composite (white fillings). Because composite fillings are tooth coloured, they can be closely matched to the colour of your existing teeth.