How composite fillings are used to treat tooth decay

Dental decay is a serious concern that should not be taken lightly. Cavities, or tooth decay, can permanently damage the structure of a natural tooth. This decay, if not treated early and effectively, can become severe enough to require the extraction of a permanent tooth. Brushing, flossing, and routine dental visits can help in avoiding the development of cavities. However, if they arise, it is important that patients visit their dentist to discuss the benefits of fillings.

What is a filling?

A filling is a method of repairing a tooth that has been affected by cavities. At Gonzalez Dental Care, we find that the use of composite resin is the best way to treat tooth decay. Composite resin is also used in repairing teeth that are chipped or cracked, as it provides a restorative option for the natural teeth that looks just like tooth enamel. This white material is incredibly versatile and can help repair many areas of the smile where cosmetic concerns arise. Composite resin used as a filling fills the area eaten away by cavities to keep the cavity from becoming larger and avoid possible infection of the inner portions of the tooth.

How are fillings placed?

Composite resin fillings are placed in a single appointment. The tooth being treated is numbed with anesthetists by the dental hygienist. The dentist then removes any of the decay and disinfects the area prior to placing the filling material. The material is placed precisely into the area of decay and hardened using a special curing light. Once solid, the area is filed and polished to give the look of natural tooth enamel. When a composite resin filling is placed, it is practically undetectable by others due to its seamless integration. Most fillings will last many years with proper care before they need to be replaced.

Gonzalez Dental Care is here for you!

We welcome patients in the area of Pembroke Pines, Florida with questions about fillings to book a consultation appointment and initial evaluation with our team of professionals. Call (954) 406-5342 today to request a time and work with our team, conveniently located at 9818 Pines Boulevard.