White fillings or composite resin fillings have become the standard in repairing a cavity. The main advantage to using composite is the tooth is restored to almost the exact strength it was before the cavity. This will in-turn make the tooth less susceptible to chipping and breaking. Composite resins are esthetically more pleasing.
- The dentist first makes you comfortable by numbing the site of the cavity.
- Next a rubber dam may be placed on the tooth that requires the filling to keep it dry and clean or alternatively cotton rolls may be used and the cavity is thoroughly cleaned.
- Then the composite resin is moulded to the shape of the tooth by placing a band.
- The dentist applies a gel application; etch for a stronger bond to the tooth.
- Once the tooth is prepared the filling material is placed in the tooth.
- An ultra violet light is used to harden the composite resin material.
- After the filling material is set it’s smoothed and polished.
- Finally, the bite is checked with coloured tape and we also check that floss still works.
Silver fillings have been used for many years. Silver or amalgam fillings are composed of one or more metals in combination with mercury. Although amalgam fillings have a long history of successful use many people are choosing composite resin filling for esthetic reasons and concern over the long term health effects of mercury. In certain cases, in consultation with you, your dentist might recommend amalgam instead of composite resin.