A dental restoration or dental filling is a treatment to restore the function, integrity, and morphology of missing tooth structure resulting from caries ( tooth decay or trauma )
Restoring a tooth to good form and function requires two steps:
Preparing the tooth for placement of restorative material or materials, and placement of these materials.
The process of preparation usually involves cutting the tooth with a rotary dental handpiece and dental burs to make space for the planned filling materials and to remove any decay or portion of the tooth that is not structurally sound.
In preparing a tooth for a restoration, a number of factors will determine the type and extent of the preparation. The most important being the extent of decay. which will define the extent of the preparation.
When preparing the tooth to receive a restoration, unsupported enamel is usually removed to allow for a more predictable restoration as enamel is the hardest substance in the human body is brittle and prone to fracture if left unsupported
Dental composites, also called tooth-colored fillings are materials used in dentistry. Modern composites are applied and cured in relatively thin layers and glued with special bonding agents. After some curing, the final surface will be shaped and polished.
Ultimately, the best dental filling is no dental filling. Prevention is the best medicine. You can dramatically decrease your risk of decay or cavities and other diseases simply by: