When tooth decay causes a cavity, or small hole, in the tooth, the decay is removed and the hole is filled with either a silver amalgam or composite resin. A composite resin filling will match the same color of the tooth. This makes composite fillings a great choice for an aesthetic, natural-looking restoration. Our team at McAllister Dentistry is happy to discuss these options with you and make certain that you receive the type of dental filling in Hickory, North Carolina, that is right for your personal dental needs and preferences.
The process of filling a tooth generally requires just one comfortable visit to our office. Dr. John McAllister will first numb the area with a local anesthetic to ensure that you do not feel any pain during the treatment. Once the area is numb, he will use a drill or laser to remove the decayed area. When the tooth is clear of harmful substances, it will be thoroughly cleaned and double-checked. Your dentist will then fill the tooth, layer by layer, and use a special light to harden the filling. Once the restoration is hard, he will shape and trim it so it fits perfectly with your bite and smile.
To learn more about dental fillings, call our office now and talk to a member of our team!