• Composite Filling
  • Dental Sealants and Fissurotomy

Fillings


For smaller fractures we routinely use white fillings (composites) or silver fillings (amalgams) to treat a cavity.  We remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then "fill" the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth and teeth that have been worn down from misuse including nail-biting or grinding of the teeth.
Dr. Vahid will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be filled. Next, a drill, laser or air abrasion instrument will be used to remove the decayed area. 
He will follow up by probing or testing the area to determine if all the decay has been removed. Once the decay has all been removed, he prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. After the filling is in, he will smooth, finish and polish it.


Several additional steps are required for tooth-colored fillings. After the decay is removed and Dr. Vahid has cleaned the area, tooth-colored material is applied in layers. Next, a special light "cures" or hardens each layer. When the multi-layering process is completed, he shapes the composite material to the desired result, trims off any excess material, and polishes the final restoration.