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What is a dental filling (restoration)?

A dental filling, which may be placed with a variety of materials, restores a fractured, chipped, decayed and sometimes worn tooth. When the tooth is extensively broken down, often a crown may be indicated to provide a more secure restoration that can help to prevent fracture and further breakdown of tooth structure.

When a tooth has extensive deterioration, a large filling can restore the tooth but not necessarily keep the weak areas from fracturing. Therefore, a new "filling" is not always the indicated treatment for a tooth with decay, fracture or very large older filling.

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