When cavities have worn down a tooth's structure, the tooth is weakened and in danger of fracturing. In these cases, a dental filling is the best solution to save the tooth.
The process takes two steps to complete. First, the tooth is prepared by removing dental decay, structurally unstable portions of the tooth, and any other tooth structure that needs to be removed to make room for the filling material.
The next step is the placement of the restorative material, which may be any of the following:
- Composite (resin plastic)
- Amalgam (base metal)
Tooth decay is the leading cause of sensitivity for patients.
However, once the appropriate filling is inserted the sensitivity of the tooth is immediately eradicated.