A filling is used to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, fractures and wear. In just one appointment, the decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed, cleaned and filled.
There are various types of filling materials available, each with their own advantages. When choosing what material you would prefer, consulting with Dr. Yoder is strongly recommended. Composite resin and glass ionomer fillings are tooth colored and can be closely matched to the shades of existing teeth. They can be placed in both front and back teeth. Silver metal fillings are the hardest material and are traditionally used only in posterior teeth. Because we offer both metal and composite (tooth-colored) fillings, you will have a choice.
As with most dental restorations, fillings are not permanent and may someday need replacement. However, they often last for many years, and provide you with fully functional and completely restored teeth.