Fillings are a procedure used to replace tooth structure that has decayed, as well as to repair broken, fractured, or severely worn teeth. Fillings are made from a variety of materials that will resemble the look and feel of your natural tooth so that it will be nearly indistinguishable from the original tooth’s strength and appearance.
To prepare the tooth for the filling, the cavity will be prepared by removing any remaining decay and shaping the final cavity. The composite-resin filling material will then be used to fill that cavity, where it is then cured with a curing light. The filling will then be polished so that it feels like a natural tooth.
Fillings are long-lasting, but do not last forever, so it is important that you visit the dentist regularly so they can check up on your fillings. If your filling develops a crack or wears down, it will need to be repaired as soon as possible.