Dental filling procedure

Fillings in Medicine Hat

Crestwood Dental Clinic provides routine fillings to repair cracks, broken or worn teeth, or most commonly cavities.

Filling a Tooth – What Are the Steps?

  1. A local anaesthetic is used to numb the area around the tooth.
  2. Using a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser, the decayed area of the tooth is removed.
  3. The area is probed or tested to see if all the decay has been removed.
  4. Once all decay is removed, the space left behind for the filling is cleaned of bacteria and debris.
  5. Should the filling area be close to the root, a liner of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material may be made to protect the nerve.
  6. When the tooth has been filled, it is then finished and polished.

Tooth-Coloured Fillings – Additional Steps

Once the decay has been removed and the area cleaned, the dentist applies the tooth-coloured material in layers. A special light is used to cure and harden each layer as it is applied. When the process is complete, the composite material is shaped to the desired look, excess material is trimmed, and the area polished.

Types of Filling Materials

At Crestwood Dental Clinic, we provide several different dental filling materials including:

  • Gold
  • Porcelain
  • Silver amalgam (consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper)
  • Composite resin (tooth-coloured plastic and glass materials)

If you are not sure what type of filling material works best for you, contact Crestwood Dental Clinic in Medicine Hat.

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