What Are Dental Fillings and Why Do You Need Them?
Dental fillings are a restorative dental treatment dentists mostly use for addressing mild to moderate tooth decay. The process involves placing filling material onto cracks, cavities, and holes in damaged teeth, thus restoring their shape and structural integrity. The dentist will decide on one of several filling materials, including amalgam, which is a mixture of powdered metal (silver, copper, or tin) and mercury. Other filling materials include porcelain, gold, and zirconium oxide.
What We Offer
Our composite fillings are made from high-grade composite resin material to ensure strong and durable fillings that last a lifetime. They’re especially ideal for small to medium-sized fillings, and can be used for both the front and back teeth.The dentist will polish and shape the filling to look like your natural teeth.
Patients allergic or averse to metal fillings can opt for our metal-free feelings. These fillings, as the name implies, consist of non-metal components, typically a mixture of glass and plastic resins. These fillings seamlessly blend with the rest of the teeth, create a tight seal on the tooth, and are easier to repair.
Process of Getting Dental Fillings
Examination and Anesthesia Administration
The dental filling process starts with the dentist examining your teeth for decay. They might also take x-rays to determine the extent of the decay. This examination will determine your candidacy for dental fillings. If you're a suitable candidate, the dentist will inject a local anesthetic into the area near the affected to numb it.
Decay Removal and Tooth Preparation
The dentists will then use a drill or special laser to remove the decayed parts of your teeth. This leaves behind a healthy tooth structure and eliminates cavity-causing bacteria. The dentist will then prepare the affected tooth or the filling by shaping its surface and etching it with an acidic gel to increase the surface area for adhesion.
Filling Placements, Shaping, and Polishing
With the tooth ready for the filling, the dentist will carefully apply the filling material to the tooth. They'll use various instruments to shape the filling until it matches your tooth’s natural contours. The third step finishes with a quick polish that gives your tooth a natural sheen.
Bite Adjustment and Final Evaluation
The dentist will perform a final evaluation and check the filling’s shape, structure, and how your bite aligns. The dentist might make alterations if necessary, but if everything checks out, the dentists will send you home with instructions for caring for your dental fillings.