A dental filling is an easy way to restore a tooth damaged by decay, back to its normal function, integrity and shape. The process of dental filling involves removing of the decayed tooth material, cleaning the affected area, and finally filling the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
Materials used for fillings include gold, porcelain, a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), or an amalgam (silver). No one type of filling is best for everyone. What’s right for you will be determined by the extent of the repair, whether you have allergies to certain materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed, and the cost. Generally Composite resins are the most popular.