When you go for a check-up, your dentist checks your fillings and may suggest that you replace any loose or broken ones. Your dentist also looks for signs of decay, such as brown or black spots and may require xrays to make a complete diagnosis.
If you have a cavity, your dentist may keep an eye on it (if it’s small) or fill it right away. If a large cavity is left untreated, it can get bigger and cause pain. The tooth may even have to be removed and replaced with a false (or artificial) tooth.
If you have a cavity and it needs a filling, there are different kinds of fillings to do the job.
Dental amalgam is the most common type of filling used in Canada today but other metal fillings may be appropriate depending on your oral health needs.
Composite fillings and fillings made out of glass ionomer materials are the same colour as your natural teeth.