What You Should Know About Tooth Fillings
Tooth decay, which is the destruction of tooth structure, can affect both the enamel (the outer coating of the tooth) and the dentin (the inner layer of the tooth). To treat a cavity, which occurs as a result of tooth decay, your Groton dentist Dr. Ali will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth with tooth fillings where the decayed material once lived.
Tooth fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).
What Steps Are Involved in Filling a Tooth?
First, your Groton dentist will numb the area around the tooth to be filled with a local anesthetic. Next, we will remove the decayed area while testing to determine if all the decay has been removed. Once the decay has been removed, a space will be prepared for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. If the decay is near the root, we will put in a liner to protect the nerve. After the filling is in, we will finish and polish your filled tooth.
After your decay area has been removed and cleaned, the tooth-colored material is applied in layers. Next, a special light that “cures” or hardens each layer applied. When the multi-layering process is completed, you will have the composite material shaped to the desired result, any excess material trimmed, and the final restoration polished.
Tooth Fillings Groton NY
Trusted Groton dentistry, Access Dental‘s composite tooth fillings are highly aesthetic, made of tooth colored materials specifically color matched providing our patients with a more natural looking smile and better overall health.
These tooth fillings can be bonded to your teeth to improve your smile by changing the color, shape and size of a tooth. Fillings also correct a tooth that has a cavity or for teeth with recurrent decay.
Tooth fillings can also be used to invisibly restore broken teeth and close spaces between the front teeth. Many of our patients in Groton, NY have decided to have their old amalgam (silver) fillings removed for concerns of mercury content or esthetic reasons.
Call your trusted Groton Family dentistry Access Dental Care today to solve that tooth decay problem.