Dental fillingsFillings are used to treat a cavity, repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).
Today, several dental filling materials are available:
- Composite Resin (tooth-colored)
- Silver Amalgam (which consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper)
- Glass ionomer
How does my dentist choose what material to use?The location and extent of the decay, or reason for the restoration of your tooth, determines the type of filling best for you.
How much will it cost?The cost of treatment is based on the size of the filling and the materials needed. Your dentist will consult with you and inform you of the options available.
What Steps Are Involved in Filling a Tooth?
- First, the dentist may use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth.
- Next, your dentist will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris.
- If the decay is near the root, your dentist will apply a special medicated material to protect the nerve.
- Next, a special light is used to “cure” or harden each layer after it is applied.
- Your dentist will shape the material to the desired result, trim off any excess, and polish the final restoration.
- Your bite will be checked several times and adjusted as needed to ensure a healthy occlusion.