Most people need at least one dental filling in their lifetime. Fillings are most commonly used to treat cavities. They’re also used to repair cracked or broken teeth, or teeth that have been worn down over time.
At Doha Specialized Dental Center, we use all the latest techniques and equipment to help make the experience as comfortable as possible. And once your treatment is complete, we’ll talk you through how to keep a healthy mouth in the future.
Basically, a dentist will use a four step process to install fillings. First, you will be given a local anaesthesia.
Next, your dentist will use either a drill, abrasion sander, or laser to remove tooth decay. If your dentist uses a drill, he/she will also make use of different sized burrs, or drill bits to remove the decayed tooth material. Typically, your dentist will start with a high speed drill in order to break through the enamel. This drill may also be used to outline the shape of the cavity. After the dentin is exposed, your dentist may use a lower speed drill to continue. As your dentist works to remove the decay, he/she will probe the area to make sure all of the damaged tooth material is removed.
After all the decay is removed, your dentist will prepare the tooth to accept a filling. This procedure will be different depending on the material used. For example, if you are going to have a bonded filling, the dentist will use an acid etching gel to make holes in the surface of the enamel. This roughened surface will make it easier for the filling to bond to your tooth. This type of filing tends to cause less sensitivity later on. They also have a lower risk of falling out and leaking. Depending on the depth of the cavity, your dentist may also install a liner to cover the tooth pulp. This liner is usually made of glass, zinc oxide, and resin. It may also contain eugenol and fluoride.
Once the cavity is fully prepared, your dentist will mix the filling and bond it to your teeth. If you are having a composite filling, he/she will use a special light to make sure the filling materials sets properly. After the filling material hardens, your dentist will finish off the procedure by polishing the tooth and making sure all rough surfaces are removed.
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