A filling is a means to repair a decayed tooth and restore it to its normal appearance and function. If your child needs one, the procedure is straightforward: Dr. Gibson will first remove all decayed portions of the tooth, then clean the area and apply the filling to the clean cavity. The filling will guard against additional decay by sealing any cracks or fissures that could permit bacterial growth. Filling materials vary; silver and plastic are the two common types we use. Each has benefits depending on the repair needed and the location of the cavity.
Amalgam, or silver, fillings are tolerated quite well by gum tissue. Their dark color gives them enhanced visibility in the mouth, though, so for aesthetic reasons they’re generally not the first choice for areas such as front teeth.