When treating a cavity, your dentist in Peoria IL will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with another substance. This procedure is called a filling. There are multiple options for the material to be used in the filling, the most common of which are composite fillings and amalgam fillings.
A composite filling, also known as a tooth colored filling, can be closely matched to the color of your teeth due to the material they are made from. Composite fillings provide great durability for small to medium cavities and allow for a procedure that typically involves removing less of a tooth than you would during an amalgam filling. Due to their natural appearance, they are perfect for treating front and highly visible teeth.
When can a composite filling be used for?
- Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Decreasing the gap between teeth
How it's done:
After the area where the filling is to be placed is numbed, any decayed portions of the tooth will be removed. A substance is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond, 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 smoothened and polished to be comfortable and fit your bite.
If you believe you may have a cavity that could benefit from a composite filling, call our dentistry in Peoria today at (309) 688-7321 or Click Here to schedule an appointment.