Fillings are used in many scenarios. For example, if bacteria has decayed a tooth, the tooth is treated by removing the decay first. Afterwards, the tooth is filled with material. Fillings are also applied to cracked, broken or worn-down teeth due to grinding or acid wear.
What does the filling procedure look like?
1) The tooth is anesthetized (frozen) with a local anesthetic to prevent discomfort during the tooth preparation.
2) The decay and cracks are removed with the dental handpiece (drill) to prepare the tooth for restoration.
3)The tooth is bonded and filled with the best-matching tooth-coloured material for the area. Your tooth will be polished to remove any rough spots and to ensure the fillings fits comfortably with the rest of your teeth.
The benefits of dental fillings are:
1) Fillings are colour-matched to your teeth – the colour match helps to minimize any distinction between the natural tooth and the tooth that has been filled.
2) Versatility – fillings are used to repair teeth that have been worn, chipped, broken or damaged by decay.
3) Long Lasting – material used in fillings is durable, which means you will have long-term results from treatment.
4) Efficient – since fillings do not require extensive tooth restructuring, fillings can often be done in one appointment.