Why do I need a filling?
When your tooth begins to decay, a small hole develops within the tooth, making it vulnerable to infection and also compromising the structure of the tooth since there is a part missing. The filling serves to do exactly what it sounds like – “fill” the decayed part of the tooth with a composite resin to prevent further decay or bacterial infections.
What can I expect when I have a filling?
Most cavities are easily treatable by dentists in Flint MI if caught in time. The process of having a filling is brief and virtually painless. The area around the tooth will be numbed with local anesthetic until you no longer have feeling in that area. The dentist will then remove the decayed section of the tooth with specialized instruments. The area will then be probed to ensure there are no decayed areas remaining and the tooth can be filled.
Cleaning the tooth before filling it with composite resin is an important step, as the remaining bacteria and debris can lead to an infection. The resin itself is designed to match the color of your tooth so it won’t be easily noticeable. The dentist will apply the resin in layers, allowing each layer to harden under a special light that will quicken the hardening process. Once all the layers have been applied, the dentist will sculpt the material so that it fits your tooth naturally and polish it as a finishing touch.