Cosmetic Fillings (Tooth-Colored)
A filling is a way to restore a tooth damaged by decay back to its normal function and shape. When a dentist places a filling, the decayed tooth material will be removed, affected area cleaned, and then fills the cleaned out cavity with a filling material.
By closing off spaces where bacteria can enter, a filling also helps prevent further decay.
A local anesthetic will be given to provide a comfortable experience for you. Once your mouth is numb, your dentist may use a couple of different materials to help make the filling procedure easier and more efficient.
Depending on where your filling is, a rubber dam or bite block may be used to hold your jaw open. Once you’re numb and your mouth is ready, the portion of your tooth that was damaged due to tooth decay will be removed using a dental drill.
The quick movement of the drill allows it to glide through the tooth decay and whisks away the damaged tooth structure. These are simply small, metal tools that the dentist can use to refine the area where the filling will be placed or to remove any remaining tooth decay.
Lastly, the dentist will fill the tooth and make it look like a real tooth again without worrying about infections.
- Remove and prevent tooth decay
- Improved appearance
- Tooth decay
- Cracked or broken teeth
- Teeth that are worn from nail-biting or toothing grinding
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