Fillings do just what the name implies — they seal a small hole in your tooth, i.e., a cavity, caused by decay. This prevents the decay (a bacteria-induced infection) from spreading further into the dentin layer of your tooth and entering the sensitive inner root canal — a condition that requires root canal treatment.
To fill a tooth, we first clinically examine it and review x-rays to determine the extent of the decay. Then we carefully remove the decayed area of the tooth. In most cases, your tooth will be anesthetized first, so you won’t feel any unpleasant sensation. If numbing injections normally provoke anxiety for you, you will be comforted in knowing that we utilize a state of the art instrument which emits a gentle “vibration” in the area where the injection will occur. This sensation decreases your ability to sense “tactile” sensations like a dental injection. The result is a “pain-free” or nearly “pain-free” injection. After the area is “numb”, we gently remove the decay, all debris is cleaned from the tooth, and then the filling material is applied. The result is a healthy tooth with a beautiful, natural and undetectable esthetic mercury-free tooth colored restoration.