Composite Filling Services from Your Dentist Serving Dolton, IL
What is a filling?
When a tooth decays and a cavity forms, your dentist near Dolton IL will need to remove the portion of the tooth that has decayed. Naturally, this space will need to be filled to prevent the tooth from being compromised or becoming infected. Your dentist near Dolton IL will ‘fill’ this space with a filling! There are many filling options and materials available, with the most common being amalgam fillings.
A tooth colored filling, or composite filling, can be matched specifically to the color of your teeth. Because of this, composite fillings are generally used on your front, visible teeth. These fillings are extremely durable and can be used on small or large fillings. Using a composite filling allows dentist serving Dolton IL to remove less of the tooth structure then is needed during 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
Your Dolton IL Dentist will first numb the area where the filling will be places, and remove any decayed portion of the tooth surface. Once removed, your dentist will apply a substance that opens the enamel pores, which will allow for a strong bond. This is then ‘cured’ with a light. Once hardened, your Dolton IL dentist will apply the composite in thin layers forming the filling. Once done, your dentist will smooth and polish the filling to ensure a proper bite and position.
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