A filling can be made up of a variety of different materials, but the main purpose remains the same. A filling is used by your dentist to repair damaged teeth, restore them to their previous functionality, and protect them against future decay. Typically, a filling is put into the place of a hole that is created by a cavity and its subsequent removal.
When a cavity has caused decay, and your dentist removes it from your tooth, a hole is usually left in its place that leaves your tooth vulnerable to future colonization of bacteria. By closing the hole and preventing bacteria from entering, you can prevent future decay.
There are different materials used for fillings, and each has their own unique advantages and disadvantages. What determines the filling material that is chosen will be a variety of factors such as your personal preference, price, and severity of the tooth damage that must be filled.
At the Katy Smiles Center in Katy, TX, we can help you with any of your dental needs. Have a cavity? Need a filling? We can provide you with expert care at an affordable price.