A filling is a dental restorative material used to restore the function of missing tooth structure. The structural loss typically results from decay or external trauma.
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist gives you dental fillings, he or she first removes the decayed tooth material, cleans the affected area, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
What to expect during & after treatment
Treatment will be done under local anaesthetic, therefore one should not experience any pain. The tooth will be prepared for a filling by removing the decay and bacteria with the use of a drill.
The local anaesthetic will take a few hours to wear off.
Consequences if left untreated
Tooth decay and bacteria will spread through the dentine of the tooth and into the pulp chamber resulting in a tooth ache and a root canal treatment being the therapy of choice – a filling will no longer be feasible.