A filling is used to repair a tooth after the decayed or affected portion of the tooth has been removed. A filling helps prevent further decay by closing off any space or cracks where bacteria can enter.
Fillings can be done with a wide variety of materials, however, composite (tooth colored) and silver amalgam are the most often used today. Composite fillings are Granby dental’s preferred method of treatment as they are aesthetically pleasing and require less tooth structure to be removed.
Reasons for composite fillings:
Closing space between two teeth
Cracked or broken teeth
How are composite fillings placed?
A composite filling is usually scheduled for 30-60 minutes. The tooth will be numbed and any decay will be removed (if necessary). The space is then cleaning and prepped for the new filling. Your dentist will then precisely shape the tooth to restore it to its original shape and function.
When fillings are first placed, some sensitivity is normal. However, this will subside shortly after your tooth acclimates to the new filling.
Good oral hygiene habits and regular dental cleanings will help aid in the life and care of your new filling.