The purpose of dental fillings is to treat dental decay (cavities). The most common types of fillings are composite and/or glass ionomer (tooth colored), and amalgam (silver).
A filling is necessary when decay has progressed beyond the enamel (first) layer of the tooth. Often times, our bodies will signal that we have a cavity. You may experience sensitivity to cold temperatures or sweets. However, not all cavities are symptomatic. Fillings are most appropriate when the cavity is still relatively small and removal of the cavity does not put the structural stability of the whole tooth at risk.
At the completion of your appointment, your filling is fully cured and you can go about your daily routine. It is important to understand that you can still get a cavity after you have had a filling placed. Strict care of your filling is necessary to ensure longevity of the work done by your dental team. Be sure to brush and floss regularly as well as consistently see us for recommended exams and cleanings.