Composite Resin Fillings

A composite (tooth colored dental filling)  may be necessary to repair the surface of your tooth if it has been damaged by wear, decay, or a fracture.  Fillings are used to strengthen teeth when damage has been caught early, before it progresses and requires more intensive dental treatments.   You will be given care instructions at the conclusion of your treatment.  Good oral hygiene practices, eating habits, and regular dental visits will aid in the life of your new filling.

The Process

If  it is determined that a filling is the proper course of action for you, the process will be completed in just one office visit.

  • Dr Meyer will use a variety of tools to remove the decayed or damaged areas from the surface of your tooth.
  • Your tooth will be cleansed and may be isolated by a “dental dam” or Isolite system to keep it clean during the rest of the procedure.
  • Dr Meyer will choose the proper filling material based on the tooth’s location and the extent of the damage.
  • The filling will then be precisely placed, shaped, and polished, restoring your tooth to its original shape and function.
  •  A special light is held up to the filling material to harden it.
  • Finally, a special marking paper is used and adjustments may be made to insure a proper bite on your new filling.