To treat a cavity your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed.
Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).
TYPES OF TEETH FILLINGS
Fillings are of two types; Temporary and Long term fillings.
Long Term Fillings:
Today, several dental filling materials are available. Gold; porcelain; silver amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper); or tooth-colored, plastic, and glass materials called composite resin fillings. The location and extent of the decay, cost of filling materials, and your dentist’s recommendation assist in determining the type of filling best for you.
Temporary fillings do not last long. They usually fall out, fracture, or wear out within a month. Moreover be sure to contact your dentist to have a temporary filling replaced with a permanent one. If you don’t, the tooth could become infected or you could have other complications.