A filling is used when a small to moderate portion of your tooth is decayed. Your dentist will first use a local anesthetic to numb the area, then use a dental drill to remove the decay. A solution is applied to the tooth to help the filling material adhere to your tooth, and the filling is placed.
Dental fillings can be made of various materials, including metal or tooth-colored resin. While metal is the least expensive, tooth-colored resin is less noticeable. Fillings should be cared for in the same manner as natural teeth, with regular brushing and flossing, as well as proper preventative care by your dentist.