Tooth Coloured Restoration
A filling, also known as a restoration, is the most common dental procedure. Restorations are required when a tooth has a cavity, dental caries (decay), or a small fracture. Cavities typically take years to form, as bacteria use sugar from our diet to eat away at our teeth. The first step of a filling is to clean the bacteria and decayed tooth structure away, then a tooth-coloured filling material called ‘composite’ is used to restore the natural shape and function of the tooth.
The larger the cavity is, the closer it will be to the nerve inside the tooth. As bacteria burrow deep into the tooth, it can result in irritation of that nerve resulting in pain and sensitivity. If a filling is performed before the bacteria reach the nerve, this will typically prevent the need for root canal therapy.
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