General Dentistry

Fillings

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Fillings

When bacteria causes tooth decay, it continues to eat away at the tooth material causing a cavity until it is stopped.  If it isn’t stopped in time, it will reach the pulp of the tooth where the nerve lies and cause pain and potentially even the death of the tooth.  A dental filling is a way to stop the progression of decay and restore the tooth to its normal function and shape.

When a filling is needed, the first step is to remove the decayed tooth material, then clean out the affected area and fill the cleaned space with a dental filling material.  By cleaning out the decayed portions of the tooth, disinfecting the space and then closing it off with the filling material, bacteria is prevented from entering and continuing the decay process.

Composite resin fillings are matched to the color of your natural teeth to create an appealing appearance.  The resin is mixed and placed into the cleaned-out cavity where it is hardened by intense light. 

FAQ

General Information

Local Anesthetic

Before beginning, Dr. Thomas will apply a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the affected tooth. This will keep you from feeling pain during the procedure.

 

Dr. Thomas will remove the decayed tooth material. After he’s removed all the decayed area of the tooth, he’ll shape the cavity space so that it is ready for a filling.

Dr. Thomas will apply a resin and harden it using an intensely bright light focused on it.

Finally, the filled tooth will be polished to smooth it.

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