If you recently have been told that you have a cavity, you might be wondering how it will be treated. Luckily, if you have been keeping up with your 6 month cleanings, it is most likely the cavity was detected early and will be easy to treat . Having a cavity is no fun but a dental filling can restore the tooth after decay has been removed.
A dental filling uses special material to fill the spaces where decay has been removed to restore the tooth to its
natural appearance and strength. Our practice does not place silver amalgam fillings, but rather composite tooth colored fillings. This is the same material used for some cosmetic reasons such as hiding a small discoloration, chip or gap between your teeth, in most cases a dental filling is used to treat a cavity. The modern composite now matches the strength of what the old metal ones had.
This procedure begins by getting you numb. We will first numb the area with numbing gel and then place local anesthesia so that there will not be any discomfort during your procedure. A dental drill is then used to remove the decay from the tooth. Once we have checked to make sure all decay has been removed then we will begin to rebuild the tooth the dental filling material.
When we place composite resin filling, we will apply the moldable resin in layers. Each layer will then be hardened immediately using a special dental light. We will continue to apply layer after layer until the tooth is completely filled. Once the last layer is hardened we may still need to trim the filling before giving it a final polish.
If you think dental filling treatment is for you, call the Lombard, IL dentist, A Dental Place today at (630) 620-7300 today for more information or to schedule an appointment!