A dental filling
is a type of restorative dental treatment used to repair the minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. It works by first making you comfortable via local anesthetic, we then remove the damaged areas, prep the remaining surfaces for retention, apply a bonding agent, then place the filling material which can consist of composite, porcelain or amalgam (silver colored). If using composite, a curing light is also used to harden the material immediately, making it available to chew on right away. If the damage is too deep or large, a filling will not treat the area and we would need to move on to something stronger such as a crown (cap).