Fillings are used to restore a tooth that has been chipped/fractured or damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. If you have a tooth that requires a filling, Dr. Bush will first remove the decayed tooth material, clean the affected area, and then fill the cleaned out area with a composite resin (plastic) material. Composite fillings are matched to the color of your natural teeth, creating a more natural appearance. A filling also helps prevent further decay by closing off any cracks or spaces where bacteria can enter.
Dr. Bush no longer restores teeth with the old silver amalgam fillings. He feels that the newer composite fillings are superior in both strength and appearance.
In some cases if the decay or fracture has damaged a large portion of the tooth, a crown may be recommended. Decay that has reached the nerve may need to be treated through root canal therapy or through a procedure called pulp capping.