When treating a cavity, your Victoria TX dentist will remove the damaged part of your tooth (or teeth) and replace it with a protective substance. This process is called a filling. There are multiple options for the material to be used for the filling, but the most common and preferred are composite fillings.
A composite filling, also known as a tooth-colored filling, is generally preferred because it blends in with the rest of your teeth to look natural. Another option, an amalgam filling, provides a silver-looking material that covers and protects the damaged area. But composite fillings provide top durability for small to medium cavities and involve removing less of a tooth than you would with an amalgam filling.
What can a composite filling be used for?
• Decayed tooth (cavity)
• Chipped or broken teeth
• Decreasing the gap between teeth
How it’s done
After we numb the area where the filling will be placed, we will thoroughly remove any decayed portions of the tooth. A substance is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth to create a stronger bond and then hardened and cured with a special light. Once this is complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothed and polished to be comfortable, look natural, and fit your bite.
If you have any questions about receiving a filling or about one you currently have, give our office a call at (361) 235-4283 to schedule a consultation today.