Fillings are a way of replacing missing tooth structure associated with decay or if a part of tooth chips or breaks away.
Fillings have changed a lot over the years and tooth coloured ‘composite’ are now the most common type of filling.
Practicing good oral hygiene is your best way to prevent mouth disease including tooth decay and gum infection. It also prevents bad breath and helps to maintain the longevity of existing dental restorations.
A cracked tooth is when general wear and tear has resulted in a crack appearing in the chewing surface of the tooth, which extends vertically down your tooth toward the root. The tooth is still intact, however if left untreated, part of the tooth will eventually fracture away or the crack will spread in to the nerve.
When a tooth becomes too damaged or infected, extraction is often the only option. Losing teeth is not ideal. As we lose teeth, we also lose function, stability, our speech is altered and our appearance is affected.