Here at Island Smiles Pediatric Dentistry, we are proud to offer dental fillings to our patients.
Dental fillings are used to treat dental problems like cavities and broken teeth. Teeth are usually filled with a material called composite resin, which is designed to look like natural teeth. Less frequently, fillings are done with silver amalgam.
Composite resin takes a little longer, though most people still prefer it because it creates natural-looking teeth. It takes more than one layer, and a special light is used to harden the filling.
Before your child gets a filling, your child will receive a local anesthetic to numb the gums around the tooth. We will then clean away the decayed part of the tooth so that it is ready to be filled. Once the tooth is filled in, we will smooth over the rough edges so the filling looks natural.
The amount of time it takes to fill a tooth varies based on the extent of the damage to it.