A dental filling may be necessary to repair the surface of your tooth if it has been damaged by wear, decay, or a fracture. Fillings are used to strengthen teeth when damage has been caught early, before it progresses and requires more intensive dental treatments. The lifespan of a fill can be between 5-12 years, depending on what filling material is used.
If your Dentist has determined that a filling is the proper course of action for you, the process will be completed in just one office visit.
First, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the necessary area of your mouth.
Then your Dentist will use a variety of tools to remove the decayed or damaged areas from the surface of your tooth.
Your tooth will be cleansed and may be isolated by a “dental dam” to keep it clean during the rest of the procedure.
The Dentist will choose the proper filling material based on the tooth’s location and the extent of the damage.
The chosen filling material will then be applied and shaped to blend with your other teeth.