If you have a cavity, your dentist may recommend a composite resin filling. The advantage of using composite resin fillings is that they can be made to match the colour of your teeth, which means it will be less noticeable. Composite fillings are bonded to the decayed area to support the remaining structure of the tooth. Below is a brief guide to the steps involved when you receive a composite resin filling.

Assessment of Your Oral Health

Your dentist will carry out an assessment of your oral health to ensure that there are no underlying problems apart from the cavity.

Preparation of the Tooth

Your dentist will begin by placing an acidic gel onto the cavity. The gel will create microscopic holes on the surface of the tooth, which will help to composite resin to bond with the tooth.

Application of the Bonding Agent

Next, your dentist will rinse away the acidic gel and dry your tooth using a swab. They will then use a small brush to apply the bonding agent. The bonding agent will help to form a very strong attachment between your tooth and the composite resin filling, which will help to ensure that it doesn't become detached.

Insertion of the Composite Resin Filling

Once your dentist has applied the bonding agent, they will prepare to insert the filling. You will be offered a choice of shades and help in choosing the one which is the closest match to the rest of your teeth. To insert the composite resin filling, your dentist will either use a small metallic dental tool to fill the cavity or will squirt the composite in using a dental syringe. Once the composite filling has been inserted into the cavity, your dentist will ensure it is spread out evenly to prevent the formation of air bubbles.

Curing The Composite Filling

In order to harden the composite filling, your dentist will shine a light on it. This is referred to as curing. This process is not painful and will help to ensure that the composite resin filling functions properly. Your dentist will then use an abrasive tool to polish the filling and smooth out any rough spots so the tooth does not feel uncomfortable when you move your tongue.

If you have any questions or concerns about your dental health or composite resin fillings, book an appointment with a local dentist, such as those found at Jeffcott Dental Clinic, today. They will be able to offer further advice and treatment.