When you have a cavity, a filling is used to literally “fill-in” what was the decayed portion of the tooth. There are many choices for materials but the filling material of choice for most teeth we treat here at Northwood Dental is quartz-filled composite resin fillings.
Composite fillings are the most common material used to mimic the natural color of your actual teeth. They are durable fillings that succeed most when it comes to small or medium-sized cavities and require less of the actual tooth having to be removed in order to remain structurally sound.
What can a composite filling be used for?
Decayed tooth (i.e. cavity)
Chipped or broken teeth
Decreasing the gap between teeth
How it’s done:
After your Eagan dentist numbs the area where the filling is to be placed, he will remove any decayed portions. A substance is then applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond and hardened or cured 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 been cured, the filling will be smoothened and polished to be comfortable and fit your bite.
Prevention of Future Cavities
Make sure cavities are not a reoccurring theme every time you come back to see us at Northwood Dental! Twice daily brushing, once-daily flossing, and twice-yearly cleanings and exams with Northwood Dental, your Minneapolis Dentist, will help you stay strong in the fight against decay. Click here or call (651) 687-0789 to make your appointment today!