Filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape.
Decay causes a “hole” on your teeth or causes space in between your teeth. It is important to get a filling done in the initial stage; before the cavity becomes deeper and causes pain, in order to avoid more complex and more expensive procedures. When a dentist restores your tooth, he or she will first remove the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area then fill up the cleaned out cavity with a filling material. By sealing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Many types of materials can be used for fillings. The common ones are called composite resins and glass inomer cements which are both tooth colored.