Composite Fillings

When treating a cavity, Dr. Baum will remove the decayed portion of your tooth and fill it with a restorative 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 is also known as a tooth colored filling, since the material used in the filling can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide good durability for small to medium cavities, and the procedure typically involves removing less tooth structure, than you would for an amalgam filling. The composite fillings are also particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look.
When can a composite filling be used for?
-Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
-Chipped or broken teeth
-Decreasing the gap between teeth
How its done:
After Dr. Baum has numbed the area where the filling is to be placed, he will remove any decay from the tooth. A bonding agent is then applied, to allow the composite filling to adhere to the tooth. The composite filling is applied to the tooth in thin layers to slowly form the shape of the tooth. A curing light is placed over the composite material to cure or harden the filling. After the composite has been cured with the curing light, the filling will be adjusted and polished to fit your bite.
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