A filling helps to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its original function and shape, and helps prevent further decay by eliminating areas where bacteria can enter the tooth. Your dentist will consider a variety of factors when choosing which type of filling material is best for you; this includes the extent of the damaged tooth, whether you have allergies to certain dental materials, where in your mouth the filling is needed and the cost.
To help minimise the discomfort associated with getting a filling, your dentist will administer a local anaesthetic. Next, your dentist will remove decay from the tooth, using a drill and other specialised instruments.
Once all the decay is removed, your dentist will shape the space to prepare it for the filling, to help it stay in place. Your dentist may place a liner inside the tooth to protect the tooth’s pulp (nerve).
Some filling materials require a special blue light to harden them. With these fillings, your dentist will layer the material, stopping several times to shine a bright blue light on the resin filling material. This cures (hardens) the material and makes it strong.
Finally, after the filling is placed, your dentist will use polishing burs to finish and polish the tooth surface, and check that you are biting on all your teeth evenly.
Call our Doucas Dental team today for an appointment or Book Online through our Health Engine link if you have broken your filling or think you may need one.