A tooth filling is a routine dental treatment used to address either tooth decay or minor tooth damage. They are used as part of a conservative treatment plan aimed at preserving the natural tooth. Dental fillings repair decay and prevent further deterioration or even the risk of tooth loss. Replacing missing teeth should be your last resort, so don’t wait to fill a tooth cavity until the last minute.
Tooth decay is an unfortunate dental problem especially prevalent among children and adolescents but people at any age are susceptible to them. A tooth cavity is commonly caused by plaque buildup. Good oral hygiene and routine dental care are the keys to minimizing your risk of tooth decay. This will minimize your risk of needing a tooth filling and will provide the foundation for lifelong dental health.