If cavities are found early, before there has been significant decay, a tooth can be restored with a filling. Once a tooth has a cavity, the decay will continue to spread unless it is removed and the tooth restored. Leaving cavities untreated can lead to the requirement of more extensive procedures such as root canals, extractions, bridges, crowns or implants. Although metal fillings used to be common, tooth coloured composite material has had huge improvements in technology and is now the recommended filling material. The composite material matches our natural teeth, is not affected by hot and cold like metal fillings are, so as a patient you are less likely to experience temperature related sensitivity after a filling. With more and more patients concerned about mercury, it’s reassuring to know the composite fillings are completely mercury free.

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