What is a filling?
When treating a cavity, the dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. This procedure is called a filling. There are multiple options for the material to be used in the filling, the most common of which are composite fillings and amalgam fillings.
A composite filling is also known as a white filling, since the material used in the filling can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. For many years amalgam fillings were the most commonly used, but as composite fillings have become better and better, they have proven to be the ideal filling material. They provide good durability and strength with less stress on the tooth structure. They also have superior esthetic qualities that now allow them to be nearly imperceptible.
When can a composite filling be used?
Composite fillings have many uses in dentistry. The evolution of composite filling science has created extremely versatile materials to accomplish the goals of each circumstance. At Meadowbrook Dental we take this into consideration on a case-by-case basis by layering multiple materials to achieve the best outcomes. The most common uses for composite fillings are as follows:
- Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Decreasing the gap between teeth
- Reconstruction of worn teeth
What does treatment involve?
After the dentist numbs the area where the filling is to be placed, he will remove any decayed portions. Multiple substances are then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond, decrease sensitivity, and allow the filling to adhere to the tooth. Once this is complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothed and polished to be comfortable and fit your bite.