You may be wondering, “If it’s called a filling, why does it involve drilling a hole?”
Fillings aren’t like bandages: we can’t just cover up the damage and expect it to get better. Unlike most other parts of your body, teeth cannot heal themselves when they are damaged or infected.
In order to restore a tooth back to the way it should be, we have to remove the decay first. That’s what we’re doing when we use the drill when applying a filling. Yes, it does make the hole caused by the decay a little bigger temporarily, but it’s better than leaving any decay that could hurt your tooth more in the long run.
What Types of Filling Materials Are Available?
At our office we prefer to use new and advanced tooth fillings made of tooth-colored materials. This material is made of durable composite resin or porcelain.
Tooth-colored fillings are used on the front teeth where a natural appearance is important. They can be used on the back teeth as well, depending on the location and the extent of tooth decay.
We practice holistic dentistry to provide patients with composite fillings and safe mercury removal of old silver fillings. Find out more about our Holistic Dentistry services.