Repairing a Cavity with Modern White Fillings

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What is a Tooth Filling?

A tooth filling is used to treat a small hole, or cavity, in a tooth. To repair a cavity, a dentist removes the decayed tooth tissue and then fills the space with a filling material.  Today, several dental filling materials are available. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; or tooth-colored, plastic and glass materials called composite resin fillings.

What Causes a Cavity?

A tooth cavity is tooth decay or damage to a tooth that can happen when harmful bacteria in your mouth make acids that attack the tooth enamel. This can lead to a small hole in a tooth, called a cavity. More severe decay can cause a large hole or even destruction of the entire tooth. If tooth decay is not treated, it can cause pain, infection, nerve damage, and even tooth loss.

When a tooth is exposed to acid frequently—for example, if you eat or drink often, especially foods or drinks containing sugar and starches—the repeated cycles of acid attacks cause the enamel to continue to lose minerals. A white spot may appear where minerals have been lost. This is a sign of early decay.