A filling is a widely-used method for restoring a damaged tooth to its natural look and function. If the damage has been caused by decay, the dentist will need to begin by removing all decayed tooth material. Next, he will thoroughly clean the affected area. Finally, he will fill the affected area with a filling. These fillings have an additional benefit of preventing further decay by sealing off any area where bacteria could enter and begin to cause decay.
Several filling materials are available for dentists to use. These fillers include gold, silver, plastic, and porcelain. Your dentist will consult with you to help you determine which material will best meet your needs. The consultation will include such subjects as the extent of the restoration work, the placement of the restoration work, and the cost of the restoration work.
Gold is almost always the most expensive option, it is considered by many to be the best option. The gold filler is more friendly to the gum tissue and can last for an extended period of time.