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When a patient has a cavity (a "hole" in a tooth) caused by the dental disease, caries, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and fill the hole with a dental filling material. There is a wide variety of filling materials to choose from, but the most common is called composite, which is a white or tooth-colored filling. Composite material is inserted into the tooth where the decay was removed and prevents further breakdown of the tooth structure or spread of decay.
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