What are Dental Fillings?
Dental fillings are used to repair cavities, caused by tooth decay, and teeth that have been worn down or cracked. Fillings help to restore the function and shape of your teeth, while preventing further decay and infection.
Dental Filling Procedure:
A local anesthetic is administered to numb the area. We will use a drill or laser to remove the decay, probing the region with metal instruments to ensure that all of the decay has been removed. The cavity will be cleaned of bacteria and debris with an air/water unit. If the decay is deep and near the root, we may line the area with filling materials first to protect the nerve. After the filling is put in place, the process is finalized with a polish. Since there are different materials used for fillings, the procedure may vary. If tooth- colored material is used, the filling is applied in layers and then hardened with a special curing light. The material will then be shaped, trimmed and polished.