A composite filling is used to repair a tooth that has been affected by decay, injury, or to fill in spaces between teeth.
There are a few different types of fillings, but many people prefer composite fillings because they are made to match the shade of your teeth. If your dentist has recommended that you receive a filling, here is what you can expect.
Step 1: Numbing the Area
The dentist will begin by numbing the tooth that is receiving the filling.
Step 2: Removing the Decay
Once the area is numb, your dentist will remove the decay from the tooth.
Step 3: Cleaning the Tooth
After the decay has been removed, the tooth will be cleaned and prepared for the filling.
Step 4: Filling
Finally, the dentist will place the filling on the tooth to restore it back to normal function and shape.
After the composite filling has been placed your dentist will instruct you on proper care. If you experience any tooth sensitivity or pain it is important you speak with your dentist. This may be a sign of decay or other dental health issues.