How is a tooth-colored filling placed?
Before we start placing a dental filling, we will make sure that you are comfortable. Dr. Rahm will administer anesthetic to numb your tooth (in the case of small cavities, this may not be needed). Once your tooth is numb, Dr. Rahm will remove the damaged portion of the tooth.
The next step is to clean and prepare the area for the filling. When your tooth is ready, the composite filling will be added in layers, with curing in between each layer. Regular suction will help ensure that the area stays dry while we place the filling.
Once the cavity is completely filled, Dr. Rahm will shape and polish it, removing any rough spots and ensuring a virtually seamless blend with your enamel. He will also test your bite to make sure that everything is correct.
Following a filling, you may experience some sensitivity to temperature changes, but this will quickly subside.
Regular examinations are necessary to catch cavities when they are small and easily treated. In most cases, cavities are painless – until they become large and deep. We would much rather catch your cavities early and prevent you from experiencing any discomfort!
If it’s time for a routine dental examination (we usually recommend that you come in every six months), give our Chesterfield dental office a call.