They are an effective, simple way of preserving and protecting a tooth from further decay.
The most likely time the need for a filling arises is during a routine dentist appointment. If your dentist feels a filling is the best course of action, the area will be numbed with an anaesthetic and the decayed matter will be carefully removed from the tooth. As your dentist works to remove the decay, they will shape the hole so it accommodates the filling. Your dentist will then fill in the cleaned and shaped area with either amalgam or white filling material that is then set with a UV light. Your tooth is then polished.
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