A dental filling is a procedure used to restore teeth that have lost part of their structure, either to decay or trauma. A filling protects the tooth from further damage as well as restores strength to the damaged tooth.
Common signs you may need a filling include:
- Sensitivity to cold or sugary food
- A hole in the tooth that is visible to see or feel
What is the process for a filling?
Initially, your tooth will be numbed before all the decay is removed. Next, the cavity will be filled with a suitable filling material. The type of filling material that will be used will be discussed with you beforehand and will depend on the extent of the decay, location of the cavity and your personal preference. This process can take around 30-60 minutes