The concept of a "filling" refers to the restoration of a tooth that is damaged due to decay or fracture. This is called a "direct restoration" because the material is placed directly on the prepared tooth. In our dental office, we place composite resin fillings, which are tooth-colored dental restorations placed with a dental adhesive (bonding).
The process of restoring a decayed tooth can be straightforward. The tooth is anesthetized so that there is no discomfort. The decay is removed, and the preparation is cleaned. The composite is then placed into the preparation and cured. The result is a strong and healthy restoration and can be indistinguishable from the natural health teeth!