Dental fillings are used to fill cavities and repair cracked or broken teeth. Fillings can be done with different materials, but is most commonly done with silver amalgam. White fillings match the colour of your teeth well and modern dentistry has produce some excellent composite resin materials for your use and function.
Additional steps are required for tooth-coloured fillings because it requires multiple layers and a special light to set the filling.
To fill a tooth, a local anaesthetic is applied to numb the area around the tooth, the decayed area is removed and your dentist will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. In some cases, your dentist may apply a liner for your tooth to help protect the tooth and nerve before the tooth is filled. After your filling is complete, the tooth is checked to make the bite is good and all the surfaces are smooth.
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.