Dental fillings are used to fill cavities caused by decay and repair cracked or broken teeth. Fillings can be done with gold, porcelain, or silver amalgam, or with materials called composite resin fillings that are designed to match the color of your teeth. Over the years color stability and hardness, the resistance to wear have been improved. Additional steps are required for tooth-colored fillings because it requires multiple layers and a special curing light to harden the filling.
To fill a tooth, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the area around the tooth. A low speed rotary instrument will be used to remove the decayed area and we will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. In some cases, we may apply a liner for your tooth called a resin glass ionomer to help protect the tooth and nerve before the tooth is filled. After your filling is complete, we will polish the tooth to make it feel smooth and natural.
The procedure can vary in time and cost depending on the extent of the damage to the tooth. If you have any questions about fillings, please call our office today