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We begin the composite filling procedure by using a local anesthetic to numb the area. Next, your doctor will remove any decayed tooth material and clean out the cavity. The surface of the cavity will then be etched and conditioned to create a stronger bond between the composite and the tooth structure.
We use a color shade to pick the color of composite that best matches your tooth. Once the tooth is properly prepared, we place the composite directly into the cavity. After the composite is in place, we use a curing light to harden the material and expedite the bonding process. We then trim any excess material and polish the composite until it matches the sheen of your enamel.
After You Receive A Dental Filling
Dental fillings are easy to care for and maintain. Be sure to follow good oral hygiene practices, and schedule checkups and cleanings at regular intervals. Brushing with ADA-approved fluoride toothpaste can help protect the tooth from further decay. Flossing once a day can also drastically improve your oral health.
Sensitivity issues are normal during the first few days with your new filling. If this issue persists or worsens over time, be sure to schedule an appointment with us as soon as possible. We may need to repair or replace your filling.
If you would like to learn more about dental fillings, call (703) 404-9111, and schedule an appointment now!