Although dental enamel is the strongest tissue in your body, it is susceptible to bacteria caused by plaque buildup. If left untreated, the harmful bacteria eat away at the underlying tissue, causing a cavity.
Untreated decay can penetrate a tooth’s canal, which results in the need for root canal therapy or tooth extraction. Dental fillings are designed to replace decay in tooth enamel and restore a tooth’s appearance, strength, and structure.
To prepare for a filling, the dentist removes bacteria and decay, cleans the tooth, and applies a filling into the prepared hole to reinforce the tooth’s structural integrity.
With the dental filling in place, you can enjoy restored function and better oral health. Composite fillings look like natural tooth material, so once placed, they provide a non-metallic, aesthetic smile.