A filling is most commonly used to restore an area of a tooth broken down by decay. Tooth colored or silver amalgams may be used. At Cottonwood Smiles, we only use tooth colored, mercury free composite resin for fillings. Additional steps are required for tooth-colored fillings because it requires multiple layers and a special light to dry and harden the area around the filling.
To fill a tooth, a local anesthetic is applied to numb the area around the tooth. A laser or air abrasion instrument will be used to remove the decayed area and your dentist will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris.
In some cases, your dentist may apply a liner for your tooth called a glass ionomer to help protect the tooth and nerve before the tooth is filled. After your filling is complete, most dentists will polish the tooth to make it feel smooth and natural.
The procedure can vary in time and cost depending on the extent of the damage to the tooth. If you have any questions about fillings, please call our office today.
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Phone: (928) 202-3376
637 North Main Street, Suite 1-C
Cottonwood, AZ 86326