A dental filling is a dental material used to repair the look & function of a tooth damaged by tooth decay.
You might wonder, “If it’s called a filling, why does it require the drilling of a hole?” Fillings are not like Band-Aids: we can’t just cover up the damage & expect it to get better. Unlike almost every other part of your body, teeth cannot heal themselves when they get damaged or infected. To restore your tooth back to the way it should be, we have first to remove the decay. That’s what we are doing when we use the drill when implementing a filling. Yes, it does make the hole caused by the decay a slightly bigger temporarily, but it’s safer than leaving any decay that could hurt your tooth more in the long run.
Benefits of Composite Restorations
Common Questions About Composite Restorations/Fillings
- The tooth is numbed to ensure a comfortable and painless procedure.
- The tooth is prepared and any decay removed.
- After placing a bonding agent, the composite material is applied in layers and hardened with a special light after each application.
- The composite is shaped to fit the tooth, then polished to prevent staining and early wear.