Cosmetic-filling refers to the name of a dental procedure. In this procedure a composite (white) filling is used to treat a decayed tooth. Further spread of decay or damage is prevented when this material is inserted into the tooth.
Decay is unable to spread into the root where it could cause a serious infection (an abscess) when this treatment is applied. Normal function of the tooth is restored with this procedure. Fillings may also eliminate the need for a tooth extraction.
Silver amalgam filling is the traditional type of filling which is composed of various metals such as copper, tin and mercury. We no longer use this type of filling.
Cosmetic-filling (composite material) is a synthetic combination of acrylic resin and glass which has a white color. Filling will now match the color of the tooth. This is also chosen for aesthetic reasons. Many people prefer to have fillings which match the rest of their teeth rather than the distinctive silver filling.
Also see...Fillings (Restorations).