What does the Filling Process Involve?
A filling only takes one visit to our office. During a filling, our doctors work to ensure your complete comfort throughout the procedure. Before removing the decayed tooth structure, we use a local anesthetic to remove any painful sensations from the tooth being treated. The anesthetic turns off the nerve inside the tooth for a short time. This means you should not feel any pain or discomfort as we work.
To remove the actual decay, we use the traditional dental drill. Because of the numbness produced by the anesthetic, you will only feel cold water spraying in your mouth. The amount of time we spend removing the cavity depends on the size of the cavity. Very small ones take only a short amount of time, while large decay takes longer.
Once we completely removal the bacteria and decayed tooth structure, we can restore the tooth. Our dentists work with a skilled dental assistant to efficiently place the tooth-colored filling material. (We work quickly because the material cannot come into contact with saliva, and it does not taste good!) Then we shape and polish the newly placed filling until it feels natural to you.