A filling is one of the most standard and routine procedures in dentistry. If a tooth needs a filling, it means that the tooth has a cavity. A cavity is an area of the tooth which has begun to decay. Your doctor will remove all of the decay and bacteria from the tooth and restore the tooth with a tooth-colored filling. 

There are rare situations when conditions will strongly favor the placement of a traditional silver filling. If this is the case, the doctor will review with you before placing any silver fillings.