No matter how well we brush and floss, many people will end up needing a filling. The good news is the removal of a cavity is generally a very routine procedure. The cavity is removed, leaving a void in the tooth which is then replaced by a filling. There are several different types of filling material that can be used, but at Palmer Ridge Dental & Orthodontics we prefer to use a composite filling. Traditional metal fillings are not only unsightly but can also contain mercury and will eventually need to be replaced. A composite filling is very durable and is made to match the color of your tooth, leaving you with a bright, confident smile.