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Today dental fillings are mostly designed to address the issue of cavities. When an individual has a cavity the dentist will remove the decayed part of the tooth and then simply fill in that area of the tooth with some type of inert material. In essence, the decayed material is replaced with a durable material that is strong and long lasting. Fillings can also be used as a way to remedy teeth that have become cracked or broken. When an individual has a filling placed the local area is numbed with anesthesia so that virtually no discomfort is experienced.

A Wide Choice Of Materials

The next step is to drill out the area of decayed matter. Once all the decayed material has been removed from the tooth the dentist will prepare the space by cleaning it to ensure that no bacteria or debris remains. After all this has been done a tooth colored filling is applied. Once the filling has been placed it can be polished and the work is complete. Most notable of all is that patients have a wide choice of materials to choose from when it comes to fillings. This can include everything from silver amalgam to porcelain and gold as well as tooth colored plastic materials that are called composite.

Tooth Color Composite Filling

One advantage of choosing gold for a filling is that it does not corrode and is aesthetically pleasing for those who prefer this type of look. Gold can be more expensive than silver fillings and that is sometimes a consideration. Tooth colored composite fillings are becoming more popular today than ever before. This is because it closely matches the color of existing natural teeth. Composite material is sometimes used to repair chipped teeth or teeth that have become worn or broken. Whatever the case may be one thing is sure and that is that patients have many choices when it comes to dealing with an infected or decayed tooth. Contact your Elk Grove dentist, Dr. My Huynh at Laguna Park Dentistry today for more information on dental fillings.