The Dental Filling Procedure
After a tooth has been damaged by decay or trauma, it must be filled to restore its function and appearance. The dentist will first remove the decayed portion of the tooth using a unique tool called an explorer. Next, they will fill the remaining portion of your tooth with a filling material such as composite resin, porcelain, or a glass ionomer. The material will be shaped to fit the available space and restore the tooth to its original shape and size.
Some patients may require a crown after getting a cavity filled. This is because even though the tooth is filled, it can still be vulnerable to additional damage or breakage if the cavity is very large. A dental crown provides added strength to the visible portion of your tooth. It will also help to restore the shape of your natural smile.
Regular visits to the dentist are the best way to identify and treat cavities early. If you haven’t had a checkup in more than six months or you need to make an appointment for a filling, call (303) 973-1112 or visit Blue Sage Dental at 10354 W Chatfield Ave #100, Littleton, CO 80127.