Tooth decay is a bacterial invasion of the hard structures (enamel) of the tooth.The signs and symptoms that you may have decay are; sensitivity to sugar, cold drinks, food, biting, or a visible hole in the tooth. Contact us immediately if you are experiencing any of the above mentioned symptoms. When there is minimal decay the tooth can be repaired with a filling. We fill teeth with a mercury free tooth colored material called composite (bonding). When there is decay too large to be filled, we repair the tooth with a crown (cap) which covers the entire tooth.
A composite filling is also known as a tooth colored filling, since the material used in the filling can be closely matched to the color of your teeth. Composite fillings provide good durability for small to medium cavities, and the procedure typically involves removing less of a tooth than you would during an amalgam (metal) filling. They are also particularly well suited for treating front or highly visible teeth because of their natural look.
After the dentist numbs the area where the filling is to be placed, he will remove any decayed portions. A substance is applied to help open up the pores of your teeth for a stronger bond, and hardened and cured with a special light. Once this is complete, the filling is applied in thin layers to slowly form the complete filling. After the composite has hardened, the filling will be smoothed, polished, and made comfortable to fit your bite.