Fillings are used when a tooth’s structure has been compromised, usually by a cavity, but before too much damage has been done.  Fillings “fill” in the damaged part of the tooth, protecting the sensitive areas of the tooth for the long term, while maintaining the tooth’s natural shape and structure.  At the office of Dr. Nicole Watson, fillings are made with only modern ceramic and plastic compounds rather than “silver” or mercury-based amalgams, simulating the look and stability of natural teeth.  In this way we are able to save the natural enamel of your tooth and prevent it from needing a crown.