Fillings are often used to restore the damage caused by tooth decay. Decay occurs in the pits and grooves of your teeth, on the smooth surfaces between the teeth, or under the edges of existing restorations such as fillings, crowns, and bridges. The closer decay is to the nerve inside a tooth the higher the probability of an infection. Many, but not all teeth will give some type of painful warning when the health of its nerve is being challenged by decay. Once a tooth has become infected it requires root canal therapy in order to save it.
Dentistry now offers a wide range of modern materials for different circumstances. Dr. Chester will be able to advise you on the advantages and disadvantages of composites, CERECs, porcelains, cast gold alloys and base metal alloys. Some factors in the decision making process are: esthetics, durability, accessibility, biocompatibility, sensitivity, and expense. Dr. Chester will assist you in making the right decision for your specific needs.