To treat a cavity Dr. Gor will remove the decayed portion of the tooth then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material once lived.
There are several advantages to this type of filling vs. amalgam (silver) fillings.
Aesthetics – the shade/color of the composites can be closely matched to the color of existing teeth; is particularly well suited for use in front teeth or visible parts of teeth.
Bonding to tooth structure – composite fillings actually chemically bond to tooth structure, providing further support to the tooth.
Versatility in uses – in addition to use as a filling material for decay, composite fillings can also be used to repair chipped, broken or worn teeth.
Tooth-sparing preparation – sometimes less tooth structure needs to be removed with composite fillings when removing decay and preparing for the filling.