How Teeth are Restored

After diagnosing the problem and arriving at a treatment plan, the next step is to restore the tooth back to its original state. In order to accomplish this we administer local anesthetic so you will not feel any discomfort.  After the decay is removed, the tooth is designed to receive a Composite Filling.

Composite fillings are placed in a single visit where following decay removal sufficient tooth structure remains.  Examples of different filling materials are amalgam, which is silver colored and composite which are tooth colored. There have been amalgam fillings placed worldwide than any other fillings but the tooth-colored fillings are being placed today because of their superior esthetic qualities.

Composite Filling (Resin)

Composite fillings are also called plastic or tooth colored fillings. Getting this kind of filling depends on where the tooth is located in your mouth. There is alot of force applied to the back teeth when we bite, so the size and location is important when deciding to use this type of restoration.  The filling is bonded to the tooth in layers and light cured.  When the filling is hard, we shape the material so it feels and looks natural.

Filling Before Restoration

Unrestored Filling

Filling After Composite Restoration

New Composite Filling

Chipped front tooth before restoration

Chipped Front Teeth

chipped front tooth after restoration with composite filling

Restored With Composite Filling

We wil discuss all of the different types of treatments for fillings orations. Each type has its advantages and disadvantages. For composite restoration

The advantages are:

Tooth colored
Placed in a single visit
Conservative tooth preparation
Does not corrode (as amalgams do)

The disadvantages are:

May wear faster than other materials (Porcelain)
Occasional sensitivity
Cost more that amalgam
Higher occurance of recurrent decay

If you have any question about filings or any discomfort with dental fillings please call our office. If you would like to know more about cavities and preventing cavities click here.


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