We can treat cavities and damage in a single appointment. If you are nervous about having any dental treatment, we offer sedation as a solution to help put you at ease.
Treating the tooth
We first use local anaesthetic to remove any discomfort during the procedure. We then clean the tooth and remove any decay, leaving only the healthy tooth behind.
Preparing the surface
We dry the tooth. Using a special acidic solution, we prepare the surface for the composite to bind to. The acid creates a rough surface so the first layer of composite can fuse.
Shaping the filling
Unlike amalgam fillings, onlays and inlays, composite fillings are applied directly to the tooth, built up in layers and shaped by your dentist while you are in the chair. We harden the layers using a UV lamp. The composite is shaped to form the correct bite surface and fissures to mesh properly with the rest of your teeth. The composite is also colour-matched to blend in seamlessly with the natural tooth.
We harden the final layer under the lamp. We polish the filling, leaving it glossy and smooth, just like natural dental enamel.