A dental filling is usually a two-part process. It is first the removal of decaying tooth matter, caused by cavities, or alternately, the removal of damaged tooth matter caused by injury. Dr. Philipp will then place the filling to restore the tooth to its original size, shape, and feel.
Thanks to technological improvements, we use natural tooth-colored material know as resin-based composite fillings. The arrival of new materials for fillings has been beneficial for all dental patients. The traditional metal fillings need to be placed in sufficient bulk to make that material strong enough; over time the metal can expand leading to fractures in the teeth. Tooth colored restoration do not need to be placed in bulk resulting in more natural tooth surface being preserved and reducing the number of broken teeth. Of course tooth colored filling materials are more aesthetically pleasing as well.