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What Is the Procedure for Filling a Cavity?

March 16, 2022
Posted By: Shiflett Family Dental
woman getting ready for dental checkup in Columbus, OH

When you're proactive about eliminating a dental cavity, treating it with a dental filling is typically easy. Today's dental fillings are made of durable composite resin, which is also tooth-colored, so it matches your tooth and blends seamlessly with your smile.

The process for completing a dental cavity filling in Columbus, OH at Shiflett Family Dental is straightforward, and we can complete it during one visit. Here's what you can expect during the process, step by step.

Getting a Tooth-Colored Filling Is Easy!

First, Dr. Shiflett numbs the area around the tooth to ensure that you're comfortable throughout the procedure. Next, he gently removes the decayed area from your tooth. When he's sure your tooth is healthy and free of decay, he customizes composite resin, blending it to your tooth's shade. Next, he carefully places the resin in your tooth and cures it with a special light to harden it. He does this in layers until he's filled the cavity.

The final step is to polish the tooth, so the filling blends flawlessly with it, and he adjusts it if needed to ensure that your bite is functioning correctly. Now, your tooth is ready to chew food and function normally again. You'll also appreciate how it complements your smile, as no one will notice your dental filling.

What Are the Advantages of Composite Resin?

Composite resin offers several advantages over the metal amalgam materials that dentists used in the past.

  • Composite resin is durable and doesn't react to temperature changes in the mouth that would cause the metal amalgam to expand and contract and pull away from the tooth.
  • Tooth-colored fillings are aesthetically pleasing and aren't noticeable when you smile.
  • Composite material bonds directly to your tooth and preserves more of your natural tooth structure.

Are you looking for the best dentist in Colombus, OH to repair your tooth? Look no further than Dr. Justin Shiflett and his team at Shiflett Family Dental. Call us today at (614) 262-1807 to learn more about how we can help you.

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