Your dentist can help you decide which material will be the best for your circumstances. It can depend on how extensive the cavity is, which tooth is being filled and which material is most beneficial.
There are several methods a dentist will use to determine if you need a filling. Sometimes discoloration of the tooth can indicate a cavity, but many times we need to use a special tool to probe the teeth and assess the integrity of tooth structure. Other times a cavity is only discernable by using a radiograph. X-rays can reveal what we don’t see by the eye and reveal early signs of decay.
We can administer local anesthesia to help numb the area near the tooth being filled. Once the area is numb, we will remove any tooth structure that is decayed and the shape the tooth properly for a filling. The tooth is then conditioned and prepared. A tooth-coloured material is inserted and fitted for the specific tooth shape. Finally, we will check that the filling is in harmony with your bite. You’ll have a tooth that matches your bite with a pleasing, natural appearance.