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About Dental Cavities and Fillings

To treat a cavity, the decayed portion of the tooth must be removed and then the area where the decayed material once lived is "filled." Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).

Thanks to advances in modern dental materials and techniques, we have more ways to create pleasing, natural-looking smiles. Patients today have a number of choices when it comes to selecting materials to repair missing, worn, damaged or decayed teeth. Each material used for fillings has its merits and liabilities, the choice is yours. We recommend you make that decision with your dentist.

New materials have not eliminated the usefulness of more traditional dental materials, such as gold and other metals. That’s because the strength and durability of traditional dental materials continue to make them useful for situations, such as fillings in the back teeth, where chewing forces are greatest.

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   tooth with composite filling       tooth with gold filling