Dental fillings help restore a tooth back to it’s normal self in terms of function and looks. A filling requires the removal of the decayed parts of the tooth and then is cleaned out and restored with a filling material. This helps stop further decay and restores your tooth to it’s optimal function and aesthetics. Filling materials can be gold, composite resin, an alloy, or porcelain.
Only your dentist can tell you if you need a filling instead of a crown or cap. If the decay has reached the nerve, you may need a root canal and then a filling. Your dentist will take x-rays to examine the full extent of your mouth to know the best route and the treatment will depend on the extent of the decay and damage.