If you have to get a cavity filled, your Austin dentist will use one of two substances to fill the hole once the decayed portion is removed. A composite filling is also known as a tooth colored filling because the material that is used closely matches the color of your teeth. This type of filling provides excellent durability for small to medium cavities, and the procedure involves less removal of the tooth compared with an amalgam filling. Since composite fillings are tooth-colored, they are best suited for treating front or highly visible teeth.
How it’s done
Dr. Sharma will numb the area with a local anesthesia in order to reduce any pain or discomfort while the filling is being placed. Once you’ve been properly numb, she will remove any decayed portions from the tooth. A substance is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond and hardened and cured with a special light. Finally, the composite filling is applied in thin layers in order to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothed and polished to fit comfortably with your bite.