When treating a cavity, Dr. Hunsinger removes the decayed portion of the tooth and fills it with a specialized material. The two most popular options for fillings are composite (white) and amalgam (silver).
A composite filling, also known as a tooth-colored filling, is most popular today. Composite fillings are durable for small to medium cavities, and cannot be easily seen as they match the tooth color. Using composite fillings can mean removing less of a tooth than if using an amalgam filling. Composite fillings are also particularly well-suited for treating front teeth because it looks so natural.
When can a composite filling be used?
- Decayed tooth (cavity)
- Chipped or broken teeth
- Decreasing the gap between teeth
What happens when getting a filling?
Dr. Hunsinger numbs the area where the filling is to be placed. He will remove any decayed portions of the tooth. A substance is applied to create a strong bond for the composite filling, and it is hardened 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 smoothed and polished to be comfortable and fit your bite.