Composite Fillings in Norwood MA
In the incidence of a cavity, a dentist will replace the missing part of the tooth by conducting a filling procedure. What this means is that some sort of material, depending upon the patients choice, is used to fill the hole where the cavity occurs. There are many different types of fillings to choose from, however, the most two common choices are composite fillings and amalgam fillings.
Composite fillings consist of the use of a natural appearing material that matches the patients tooth coloring. Composite fillings are used to treat small to medium cavities. They are durable, and they are used often for cavities in the front teeth as well as teeth that are highly visible. They have a natural look, are extremely durable, and typically require removing less of a tooth than needed for an amalgam filling.
When can a composite filling be used for?
- Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Decreasing the gap between teeth
How its done
After the dentist numbs the infected area, the decayed portion of the tooth is removed. A substance that opens the pores inside the tooth is then used. This helps to bond the filling material to the tooth. The tooth is then hardened using a special light and prepared the tooth for the filling to be applied. The filling is put in slowly using thin layers. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothened and polished to be comfortable and fit each patients unique bite.