When treating a cavity, your Oakland general dentist will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. In this case, that substance is a composite filling. Although there are multiple options for filling cavities, composite and amalgam fillings are the most common.
Composite fillings are the most esthetically pleasing since they are made from a tooth colored material that can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. The benefits of composite fillings are less removal of the tooth and good durability for small to medium cavities. They are particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look
How it’s done
In order to eliminate any pain or discomfort, your Oakland dentist will first numb the area where the filling is needed with a local anesthesia. He will then remove any decayed portions of the tooth and prep it for the filling. A substance is applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond and then hardened and cured with a special light. Once this is complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will then be smoothened and polished to fit your bite.