Harmful bacteria on the tooth can lead to decay. Dr. Bauer can remove the decay and restore the area. Fillings can also be used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down in certain cases. Tooth-colored fillings are made of tooth-colored composite resin. This protects the tooth from infection and further decay.
When decay is left untreated, it can worsen, causing further infection and even more severe pain. The infected tooth may eventually require a root canal or extraction.
The process for placing a composite resin dental filling is as follows:
- The area is anesthetized to provide a comfortable experience.
- The tooth is isolated from saliva to keep it dry.
- The affected/decayed part of the tooth is removed.
- The composite resin is placed in layers in the prepared tooth.
- A special light is used to harden each layer of composite resin material.
- After the tooth is filled, the composite resin is shaped to resemble the natural tooth.
We can help you decide whether composite resin fillings are right for you. Composite resin restorations can restore your teeth esthetically and contribute to your overall oral health by removing decayed areas of your teeth.
You can decrease your risk of cavities and other dental conditions by:
- Brushing your teeth twice a day
- Flossing daily
- Daily use of a Fluoridated mouthwash
- Keeping up with regular professional cleanings
- Avoid eating or drinking acidic or sugary foods and beverages