Filling a Cavity – The Process of Dental Fillings

cavity filling processSo you’ve got some pain in your tooth, and you just know that on your next dental visit your dentist is going find a cavity.. They’ll be poking around with that sharp metal thingy and then all of the sudden bam! That intense, sharp pain hits you! Yep, you’ve got a cavity. So now what?

Filling a Cavity

If you’re cavity is small enough, you can fairly easily and inexpensively fix it with a filling. During this cavity filling process, your dentist will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then fill the area of the tooth that was removed. To start off the process your dentist will first use a local anesthetic to numb the subject area. Next, a drill will be used to remove all of the decayed area of the tooth; and then your dentist will prepare the tooth for the filling by making sure that all bacteria and debris have been completely removed from the filling area. If your cavity is so deep that it’s near the root of the tooth, then your dentist may first put in a liner made of glass ionomer or composite resin to protect the nerve. Then finally, they will polish your filling and you’ll be ready to go!

Tooth Colored Fillings

Now if you get a tooth colored filling then there are a few extra steps involved. Now after your dentist has filled the area and polished off your filling, they will begin adding the tooth colored material in layers. Then a special light that helps to harden each layer is applied. Once the layering process is complete, your dentist will then shape the material to it’s desired end result and you’ll be good to go!


Now the tooth filling process can be as simple as getting in and out with only one visit and minimal cost, or if the tooth has been deteriorated badly this process can require multiple visits and more expense. The bottom line is that if you have pain in your tooth, don’t try to wait it out, it’s not going to go away.. As a matter of fact it will only get worse and end up costing you a lot more time, money and pain as a result. So if you feel pain, schedule an appointment¬†with us ASAP as the sooner you get this taken care of the better!

Do you think that you may have a cavity or do you have more questions about the types of fillings and costs? Contact us today and we’d be happy to answer any of your cavity or filling related questions more in depth.

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