One common oral health issue discovered during scheduled cleanings is decay. We will fill the affected tooth by first removing the decayed portion of the tooth (cavity) and replacing it with a material to best suit your needs and circumstances. If the cavity is not treated early enough, the decay could spread to other parts of the tooth leading to more complicated, expensive procedures such as crowns and root canals, or even extraction.

There are many types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. You and your dentist can discuss the best options for restoring your teeth. Amalgam fillings, along with composite (tooth colored) fillings, are the most widely used today.

What does getting a filling involve?