A patient presented with a cavity as shown circled in red on his X-ray.

Without the X-ray, the cavity would not have been noticed at first glance.

Once through the outer harder layer (enamel) the inner softer layer (dentin) is shown to be soft, dark, and decayed.

The cavity is cleaned out until the remaining tooth structure is healthy and hard, and a band and wedge are placed to help restore the tooth.

Once the filling is placed, a light is used to harden it and the band and wedge are removed.

The patient then bites on marking paper to show any high areas and the filling is adjusted until their bite feels normal again.

When considering fillings for repairing cavities or small chips in your teeth, several filling materials are available. While older “silver” or amalgam fillings are advantageous for certain situations, composite, or tooth-colored fillings have become more durable and more able to closely match the appearance of natural tooth structure.

Another benefit of tooth-colored fillings is that they have the capability of bonding to tooth structure whereas silver fillings rely on mechanical retention, or being held in place by the walls of the tooth cavity preparation. Also in many cases, composite fillings can be repaired by addition of more composite material.

Speak with one of our doctors to find out which kind of filling is best for you.

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