Dental fillings are used to fill cavities and repair cracked or broken teeth. Fillings can be done with gold, porcelain, or silver amalgam, but is most commonly done with materials called composite resin fillings that are designed to match the color of your teeth.
Additional steps are required for tooth-colored fillings because it requires multiple layers and a special light to dry and harden the area around the filling.
To fill a tooth, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the area around the tooth when necessary. Dr. Sierra will remove the decayed area and will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. In some cases, he may apply a liner to your tooth to help protect the tooth and nerve before the tooth is filled. After your filling is complete, he will polish the tooth to make it feel smooth and natural and he will check the bite.
The procedure can vary in time and cost depending on the extent of the damage to the tooth. If you have any questions about fillings, please call our office today.