In order to successfully treat a cavity, the decayed portion of the tooth must be removed and then filled with another substance. This entire process is called a filling. There are multiple choices for filling material available, but in our Indianapolis office, we utilize composite resin fillings.
Composite fillings are also known as "tooth colored fillings," since the color and texture of the material most closely resembles that of natural teeth. These fillings provide good durability for small or medium cavities, and usually require less of the tooth to be removed than for other filling material types. Since they look so natural, they are also great for treatment of the front or highly visible teeth.
When can a composite filling be used for?
Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
Chipped or broken teeth
Decreasing the gap between teeth
How it's done:
After the area where the filling is to be places numbed, the doctor will remove any decayed portions of the tooth. They will then apply a substance that will help open the pores of the teeth so that a stronger bond can be created with the composite. The filling will then be applied in thin layers, slowing forming the complete filling. After the composite has "set" and is hardened, it will be smoothened to make sure it work best with your bite for maximum comfort and fit.