A dental filling is a restorative procedure that repairs teeth damaged by decay. In some cases enamel loss can cause a tooth to become sensitive and dental filling material is needed to relieve the tooth.
Tooth decay and cavities are found during your routine dental appointment. Once detected, Dr. Shay will remove the decayed material, clean the affected area, then fill the cavity with a tooth colored composite resin. This closes off access to bacteria and prevent further decay. Dr. Shay does not do metal fillings.
On occasions when a filling is insufficient to repair tooth decay, a dental crown, implant, bridge, or root canal may be required. With regular check-ups your dentist can detect any problems early and prevent a more costly procedure.