Dental fillings

Fillings restore full health and functionality to a tooth effectively. Dental filling procedures are most commonly used to treat cavities, but they’re also used to repair teeth that have been worn down over time.

How is the process of dental fillings like

Here is a breakdown of the process of putting a dental filling:

First, the dentist will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be filled.

Next, a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser will be used to remove the decayed area.

After, your dentist will probe or test the area to determine if all the decay has been removed.

Once the decay has been removed, the dentist will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris.

If the decay is near the root, your dentist may first put in a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material to protect the nerve.

Generally, after the filling is in, your dentist will finish and polish it.

Several additional steps are required for tooth-colored fillings and are as follows.

After your dentist has removed the decay and cleaned the area, the tooth-colored material is applied in layers.

Next, a special light that “cures” or hardens each layer is applied.

When the multi-layering process is completed, the dentist will shape the composite material to the desired result, trim off any excess material, and polish the final restoration.

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