What to Expect When Getting a Filling
Your dentist will carry out a comprehensive dental exam to assess your teeth, gums and bone levels. If there is evidence of tooth decay found, they will also take dental X-rays to help diagnose and determine the extent of the decay.
If the damage is not found to penetrate too deeply into the inner root of your tooth, and the nerve has not been affected, your dentist will be able to discuss your suitability for routine, effective treatment with a Composite filling, and address any questions or concerns you have at this stage, while providing you with a full treatment plan, including a complete breakdown of the costs.
You will be scheduled in for your return appointment to have your filling placed before you leave the clinic on the day of your consultation, or depending on the size, depth and number of cavities or damage involved, and subject on dentist availability, it may be possible to begin or complete your treatment on the same day. Following your procedure to restore your tooth with a filling, you will be given detailed instructions of how to care for your tooth and maintain your filling-repaired tooth for many years into the future, including the adoption of a regular Dental Check-Up visit.
Your dentist will use a highly effective local anaesthetic to ensure your mouth is completely numb before beginning any treatment. This means that the procedure will be entirely pain free – you will only experience a sensation of pressure and some pushing for the duration of your treatment visit.
The shade of composite will then be expertly chosen to match exactly with your natural tooth, so it will blend in seamlessly.
Once satisfied that your mouth is numb and you are comfortable, your dentist will begin by using a small dental drill to clean the inside of your tooth and remove all areas damaged by decay.
Once fully free of decay, your tooth is then prepared with a mild acid and dental cement which acts to bond the composite securely in place. The Composite material will then be placed gradually in stages, with each layer hardened at different intervals using a blue light.
The final surface of your new Composite filling is then polished to shape it to the unique contours of your original tooth and to match the surrounding teeth, as well as ensure it will feel nice and smooth to your tongue. Finally, your dentist will test out your overall bite with your filling in place, and once happy that your bite is even you are free to go!