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Dental Fillings

Why dental exams are important

What are Dental Fillings?

Dental fillings are used to replaced damaged teeth that are caused from decay or trauma. Historically, fillings were done using a metal material like silver, gold, or mercury. Modern fillings are performed using a tooth colored resin composite material instead, which look much better and are much more reliable than traditional fillings.

When Should I Get a Tooth Filling?

Many dental issues do not result in a total loss of the tooth, but rather a partial loss. In these situations, fillings are a great, low-cost treatment option to fix the damage. The most common reason to get a tooth filling is due to cavities. When a cavity occurs inside a tooth, a dentist is usually able to drill it out and fill the hole with a filling to repair it.