Get a professional exam and filling to fix your cavity
Cavities are treated by removing the decayed part of the tooth and filling the open area. Fillings can also fix cracked and worn down teeth. Once the dentist has determined the space is clear of decay, they will clean the area to get rid of bacteria and residue. If the decayed area is near the root, the dentist might put in a liner to cover the nerve. Lastly, the dentist will polish the filling.
If you’re getting a tooth-colored filling, there are some additional steps to the filling process. After the decayed material has been removed and the area has been cleaned, the dentist will apply the tooth-colored material in layers. Next, a special light is used to harden the material on each layer. Lastly, the dentist will shape the material, removing any extra material, and then they will polish the area.
There are several factors involved with determining the best type of filling for your needs. These factors include the location and extent of the decay, cost of filling material, the dentist’s recommendations. Based on your specific situation a dentist will work with you to choose the most appropriate tooth filling.
Today’s modern composite fillings can be used to replicate the look of your teeth. These are more easily be repaired or replaced without the need to remove the original filling.
*New patients, in the absence of periodontal disease.