A filling is a time-tested procedure to restore a partially decayed tooth to his healthy shape and function. A filling will shut off the gaps where bacteria can enter, and will also act as a preventive measure against future decay. At Sunshine Smiles Dentistry in Roswell, GA, accomplished dentist Dr. Suvidha Sachdeva will recommend the most appropriate filling treatment according to your unique condition.
Composite Resin Filling
Composite or plastic resin fillings are aesthetically appealing because these can be matched to the color of your teeth for a natural look. However, Dr. Sachdeva will not recommend composite fillings as an ideal option for large fillings because the resilience of composite is relatively weaker.
5-Step Filling Procedure at Sunshine Smiles
During your oral health checkup, Dr. Sachdeva will examine the surfaces of each tooth with the help of a small mirror. This exam will allow her to determine if you have a cavity that requires a filling. She may also take x-rays of a part of your mouth or the entire mouth to determine the full extent of damage caused by decay.
Step 1: Local Anesthetic
Dr. Sachdeva may administer a local anesthetic to numb the area around the affected tooth to keep you comfortable during the filling procedure.
Step 2: Removal of Decay
Dr. Sachdeva will use a tiny drill to cut through the enamel and remove any decay in the affected tooth. Following this, she will shape the space to place the filling.
Step 3: Etching
In case of a bonded filling, Dr. Sachdeva will precisely etch the affected tooth with an acid gel before the filling is placed.
Step 4: Applying Resin
Dr. Sachdeva may apply a layer of resin and harden it with a sharp light after placing the filling. This will add to the strength and sustainability of the filling.
Step 5: Polishing
Once the filling process is completed, Dr. Sachdeva will gently polish the tooth to restore its natural, attractive appearance.