Dental fillings are indicated if the tooth structure is damaged either by tooth decay or tooth wear, in order to restore function and aesthetic of the tooth. The affected tooth is prepared by removing decayed and damaged tooth structure. Then, the prepared cavity is cleaned in order to remove bacteria and debris. Lastly, the clean cavity is filled with a dental filling material.
Choice of filling material will be decided by the dentist based on the extension and location of the cavity. In today’s dentistry, tooth coloured fillings are preferred as they look more pleasant and do not contain mercury.