Dental fillings are required when there are cavities (decay), fractured, chipped, or cracked teeth. Fillings allow dentists to remove and repair issues in teeth and restore them to function.
There are several filling material options available depending on expected longevity that the staff at Southbrook Dental would love to discuss with you. Most teeth can be filled with composite resins, but gold, porcelain, crowns, three-quarter crowns, and onlays are also options.
If the cavity is quite large and close to the nerve a root canal may be recommended, but we will discuss your options with you. If the tooth is not bothering you, but it has a large cavity in it and the nerve is alive and reacting normally to stimuli, there is an option to selectively remove the cavity. This option allows patients to avoid a root canal when it is not immediately needed. A special pink cavity indicator solution is used to aid the dentist in cavity removal to ensure all the walls are free of decay. This allows a sealed filling to kill the bacteria because it has no food source, and the nerve and pulp are insulated. This helps to remineralize (harden) the soft tooth structure and gives patients the option of keeping the tooth with a live nerve.