Dental fillings are a common dental procedure used to repair teeth affected by decay or fractures. First, our dentist will numb the area around the tooth using a local anesthetic. Then, any decay or damaged portions of the tooth will be removed using a dental drill or laser. The resulting cavity is thoroughly cleaned and prepared. Finally, a filling material, such as amalgam or composite resin, is placed into the cavity, shaped, and polished to restore the tooth’s shape, strength, and function. This procedure helps prevent further decay and preserves the overall oral health.
Steps of a Tooth Filling
Advantages of Dental Fillings
Dental fillings offer several advantages. They restore the integrity and functionality of teeth damaged by decay or fractures. By sealing off cavities, fillings prevent bacteria from causing further decay. Tooth-colored fillings provide aesthetic benefits, blending seamlessly with natural teeth. Fillings preserve as much natural tooth structure as possible, reducing the need for more extensive treatments. They also improve chewing and speaking abilities. Dental fillings are durable and long-lasting, and their cost-effectiveness makes them a practical choice. Overall, fillings help maintain oral health and prevent the progression of dental problems.