Composite fillings were originally used only in front teeth, but as technology has advanced they are now strong enough to be used on molars too. Composite resin is made up of plastic and ceramic compounds that come in various shades to mimic the appearance of natural teeth. The natural effect of composite makes it an aesthetically pleasing choice and incredibly popular.
To begin, our dentist uses a numbing gel (topical anaesthetic) on the area where the injection will be inserted. This will help to ease any discomfort. A local anaesthetic injection is then used to numb the entire area that will be worked on. Once total anaesthesia is achieved, the dentist will proceed to remove the decay from the tooth and prepare it for the filling. The surface of the tooth is etched with an acid gel before being washed and dried. We then apply priming and bonding agent to the tooth and set it with a special blue light. Our dentist will select a shade of composite that matches your natural tooth colour, and apply it to the area. Once the composite is free from air bubbles and smoothed it is set with the special light. To ensure your bite is correct you will be asked to bite on carbon paper. If the filling is too high, the dentist will lower the filling to fit your bite. Finally any rough spots will be smoothed by a mild abrasive. Your filling will now be complete and ready for you to eat and drink as normal.