Fillings, also known as restorations, are sometimes required where tooth decay has extended too deep for less invasive methods to suffice, or where tooth tissue has been lost for other reasons.
Typically, the procedure involves the provision of local anaesthetic, followed by the removal of decay and then replacement of damaged tooth tissue with a filling material.
The dentist will discuss different clinical options with you regarding the filling materials available for use in each case.
The dentist may sometimes use a latex/nitrile sheet called a "rubber dam" to help keep the tooth dry to ensure optimal bond strength of the filling to the tooth. This is typically used when white fillings are being provided.