To treat a cavity, Dr. Todd Leipnitz will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding). By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay. Materials used for fillings include a composite resin (tooth-colored fillings), porcelain, gold, and an amalgam (an alloy of mercury, silver, copper, tin and sometimes zinc). Filling the cavity is relatively painless and easy an solution to save the tooth. If you prolong a cavity filling, it can lead to an abscess tooth, become painful, or require extensive restoration.
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