Dental fillings are materials used to restore and repair teeth that decay, fracture, or other forms of dental deterioration have been damaged. Fillings are designed to replace the lost tooth structure, preventing further decay and restoring the tooth's function and appearance. At Gallery Dental Studio in Mesa, we offer high-quality dental fillings to improve your smile for years to come.
The Ancient Egyptians and Romans used materials like metals, stones, and seashells to fill cavities and repair teeth.
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Composite fillings are composed of a mixture of plastic resin and finely ground glass particles, resulting in a tooth-colored material that closely matches the natural appearance and durability of the tooth. Composite fillings are more natural-looking and work to seamlessly blend in with the patient's tooth color, which is why they're often referred to as "tooth-colored" fillings.
When you come for a dental filling treatment, Dr. Dallin Birch will first numb the area around your tooth. This helps to reduce discomfort and soreness during the procedure.
Your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth with special dental equipment. The goal is to get rid of any bacteria and debris that may be present in the cavity, ensuring your tooth stays healthy for years to come.
The dentist will clean the remaining portion of your tooth using a polishing instrument and rinse it with a solution to further remove any bacteria or debris from the area.
The dentist will apply composite fillings in layers, hardening each layer using a special curing light. This layering technique allows Dr. Birch to sculpt the filling to match the natural shape and contours of the tooth. The filling becomes strong and durable as each layer is applied and cured.
Once the filling material is placed, the dentist shapes and sculpts it to resemble the tooth's natural form. The filling is then polished to enhance its appearance to create a comfortable bite.
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No! Most people don't feel pain while getting dental fillings because Dr. Birch uses an anesthetic to numb the area before the treatment. You may feel pressure as your dentist works to fit the filling, but it should not be painful.
Yes, generally, after you get a dental filling, you can resume your regular eating habits almost immediately.