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Jun
26

How Are Dental Fillings Placed?

Posted in Fillings

Is it as simple as “drill-and-fill?” What makes dental fillings so important? These restorations have been used for years to repair damage from cavities. The concept is timeless, but the technique and materials used are constantly evolving.

Metal versus White Fillings

Metal fillings are still used in dentistry, but there has been a trend shift that favors using tooth-colored materials. These filling types obviously differ in appearance, but they are also placed in different ways.

Metal, or amalgam, restorations do not naturally bond with teeth. They have to be physically anchored into place. This means that a little more tooth structure has to be trimmed away to create a preparation that locks the finished filling in place.

White (composite) fillings do bond chemically with teeth. This makes the tooth preparation much more conservative.

Planning a Restoration

Before placing a filling, your dentist will discuss with you exactly what your tooth needs and what your options are. X-rays are essential for treatment planning. X-ray images can reveal how extensive tooth decay is.

Careful Placement

At your filling appointment, you will be numbed up so that you don’t feel a thing. After that, the general steps are as follows:

  • The tooth is isolated with special bands
  • Decayed tooth structure (the cavity) is drilled away
  • The tooth is prepared to make sure all cavity is gone
  • Special “primers” and liners may be placed
  • Filling material is mixed and carefully shaped into the tooth
  • A curing light is used to set white fillings
  • Dentist checks the smoothness of the filling for a secure fit

A single filling usually doesn’t take long, at all. Dental fillings are smile-saving, cavity-fighting superheroes! Learn more about the restorative dental options available in your area by visiting your local dentist.

Posted on behalf of:
Seven Hills Dentistry
1305 Cedarcrest Rd. #115
Dallas, GA 30132
(678) 257-7177

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