The most common type of dental restoration used to replace sections of teeth that are missing, damaged or decayed are dental fillings. While traditional dental materials like gold, amalgam, porcelain, and composite successfully restore teeth; recent advances in dental technology have made a wider and improved selection of restorative choices available. Some of the newest state-of-the-art filling materials including ceramic and the latest composite materials, are not only strong and durable, they offer the most aesthetically pleasing and natural looking results.
- A small cavity, or hole in your tooth can be repaired with a composite filling.
- First, the decayed portion of your tooth is removed, leaving a small area that will be filled with composite.
- Next, a bonding fluid is applied so that the filling will attach to the natural tooth structure. A curing light is used to set the bonding fluid.
- Your dentist then fills the prepared area with composite material
- Your dentist shapes it to match the contours of your tooth surface.
- A special curing light is used to harden the composite.
- Finally, your dentist smooths and polishes the filling to match the rest of your tooth.
- Your tooth is now free of decay and restored to its natural strength and appearance.