Fillings are a way to restore a damaged tooth to its most functionally and aesthetically practical self. When you visit the dentist to get a filling, the first step is to remove the decayed tooth material inside the tooth. This way further damage does not occur when the filling is placed over the top.
Once the affected area has been cleaned out, the area is filled. Fillings can range in complexion from being made of gold, silver, plastic, and porcelain. What is right for you will be determined by the extent of the repair, your allergies, the location of the cavity, and the cost. If the tooth has a crack or more extensive damage than initially diagnosed, a crown may be recommended.