The process of removing damaged tooth structure and decay from a tooth and replacing it with a filling material. We use composite filling material which is a tooth colored resin (plastic) material placed in a tooth after we remove decay (cavity) from the tooth. This helps keep bacteria out of the tooth.
- A filling may become too large and compromise the strength of the tooth, in this case the tooth will need a crown (also referred to as a “cap”).
- A filling can become too close to the nerve of the tooth and the tooth would then need to be treated with a root canal.