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ental fillings are a type of restorative procedure that repairs teeth damaged by decay. Enamel loss can be a function of tooth decay where a tooth can become sensitive and the dental filling material is needed to relieve the tooth.

Tooth decay and cavities can be detected promptly during a routine dental cleaning. Once detected, a dentist removes the decayed material in the tooth, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cavity with a filling material such as gold, porcelain, a composite resin, or an amalgam. The filling closes off spaces where bacteria can enter, preventing further decay.

Not all tooth decay requires a filling. Some can be as extent as requiring a dental crown, implant or bridge, or root canal. It is very important to get a regular check up in order to detect the problem early to prevent a more costly procedure.