- A handpiece is used to remove the decay and shape the tooth
- A chemical compound is used to roughen the surface of the tooth ensuring there are enough nooks to create a strong bond.
- To mold the filling to the shape of the prepared tooth, we place a flexible band around the tooth securing it with a small wedge.
- If the filling is deep, medication is sometimes applied to minimize any side effects of hot and cold sensitivity.
- The shade of your tooth is matched closely to the shade of the resin material.
- Once the resin material is applied, we use a curing light to harden and secure the filling.
- After the filling has solidified, we then adjust the bite and polish the surface, giving the tooth a natural look and feel.
Benefits of Resin Fillings:
- Resin material bonds with the tooth structure.
- On a micro-level the resin material expands and contracts, imitating the behavior of live tooth structure.
Post-op instructions for Resin Fillings:
- If a local anesthetic was used during the procedure, to prevent damage to your check or tongue, avoid chewing until the numbness has worn off completely.
- If your teeth are sensitive to hot or cold for a few days, this is normal. To minimize this side effect, use desensitizing toothpaste.
- If the gum tissue is swollen, rinse with salt water three times a day.