A filling is used to repair any teeth damaged by decay. Often referred to as cavities, tooth decay can lead to holes in your teeth and may well continue to grow, getting larger over time.
Cavities can affect anyone, but a few signs you might be in need of a filling are persistent toothache, sensitivity to hot and cold food and beverages, and pain when you bite down. You might even begin to notice food getting trapped in the damaged tooth. Regular check-ups will also help keep an eye on whether or not you need a filling.
Most fillings are made of either a composite or amalgam material. Amalgam fillings are the more traditional silver-appearing fillings, made up of an amalgam of silver, copper, and tin. These fillings are extremely hardwearing and can last for up to 40 years.
Composite fillings are designed to match the shade of the natural tooth as closely as possible. These filings are made of a composite plastic resin and most last for between 3 and 10 years. Another option is porcelain fillings.Back to General Dentistry
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