Fillings are used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay, or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. In many cases, individuals with enamel loss resulting in tooth sensitivity will notice a significant improvement or complete elimination of sensitivity once the appropriate dental filling material is placed. In some cases, depending on the extent of tooth decay or damage, the affected tooth may require additional or alternative procedures like root fillings or crowns.
The aim of the procedure is to firstly make sure that the cavity is clean, meaning there is no tooth decay left behind. This is the drilling stage and we will have to give the cavity the correct shape so that it can be filled. This shape is dependant on the material used. We do not use amalgam as technological advances in composite have improved these materials so much in recent years, we see no need to use amalgam anymore.