Treating a cavity requires Dr. Ahmed to carefully remove the decaying portion of a tooth. After the removal process, the dentist will fill the area with a durable substance. The dental procedure is commonly known as a filling. With a highly skilled dentist, the filling will actually feel and act as a natural tooth. Even with the multiple options available, most dentists will fill the area with either a composite filling or an amalgam filling.
The composite filling consists of a material which can closely match the color of your natural teeth. Most dentists will use this option when filling easily visible teeth. Best used in small to medium size cavities, the dental procedure will also allow a patient to keep a large portion of the remaining tooth.
What to Expect:
The time frame for the composite filling process is different with each situation. For example, the amount of time may take longer with a more prominent decayed tooth. Dr. Ahmed can also use the composite filling for other teeth irregularities including broken, jagged, and chipped teeth or to reduce a gap between existing teeth.
How it's Done:
The doctor begins the procedure by applying a numbing agent to the area. After the patient is comfortable, the removal of the decaying portion of the tooth is the next step. The dentist will mix the composite filling substance to place within the open pores creating a stronger bond. With each layer of filling application, a special light will act as a way to harden and cure the substance. The final step in the process requires smoothing and polishing to allow for a comfortable, fitting bite