To treat a cavity, Dr. Boyett will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area where the decayed material was removed.
Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse (such as from nail-biting or tooth grinding).
Dr. Boyett will examine the area to determine if all the decay has been removed. Once the decay has been removed, she will prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. If the decay is near the root, she may first put in a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material to protect the nerve. Deep decay and cracks recently recovered may have on-off sensitivity for weeks to months. If the sensitivity worsens, we will possibly refer you to an Endodontist for a further evaluation.
Several additional steps are required for tooth-colored fillings. After Dr. Boyett has removed the decay and cleaned the area, the tooth-colored material is applied in layers. Next, a special light that “cures” or hardens each layer is applied. When the multilayering process is completed, your dentist will shape the composite material to the desired result, trim off any excess material, and polish the final restoration.
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