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Dental fillings are important tools that help us repair a tooth after it has been damaged by decay or injury, such as a fracture. They are important because in order to stop the spread of the decay and repair the tooth, we have to remove the damaged portion of the tooth – this then creates what is commonly referred to as a cavity. In order to stabilize the tooth and ensure it is able to function properly, that cavity needs to be filled.
Westgrove Dental’s prosthodontists fill cavities every day and help restore patient’s smiles to optimal health. We most commonly use composite fillings, which are made of a tooth colored resin.
Composite resin is made of a mixture of plastic and glass. It is made to blend in seamlessly with the color of your natural teeth.
We begin by first matching the color of the composite resin to your natural teeth. Once we have a color match, we begin working on the affected tooth. All decay must be removed, so we numb the area using a local anesthetic prior to beginning. Once the decay is removed, the tooth is cleaned, dried, and prepped for the composite filling. The tooth gets bonded and etched to provide an ideal surface for the resin to attach. Then, we work to carefully layer the resin in the cavity, letting each layer set prior to beginning a new layer. Once the cavity is filled, we will carefully shape, contour and polish the resin to ensure a proper bite.
With proper care, your composite resin filling can last for up to 10 years. There are certain factors that can affect its lifespan, including:
Fillings can improve the aesthetics of your smile while also protecting your tooth against further decay and damage. Our prosthodontists use the highest-quality materials to ensure durability, strength and comfort. If you have minor decay or structural issues, a filling may be the best option for you to ensure the health and stability of your tooth.