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Repair Decayed Teeth

Dental Fillings In Wilmington

If you’ve got a sensitive or sore tooth or you’ve noticed discoloration or pitting on one of your teeth, you may have a cavity. Immediate treatment in Wilmington is the best way to preserve your tooth and protect it from further decay. Dr. Ben Friberg can restore your tooth with a filling, provide you with relief from pain and sensitivity, and preserve your tooth for years to come. Contact us online to schedule your appointment today.

what are dental fillings?

Dental fillings are a treatment used to restore decayed teeth. At our office, Dr. Friberg exclusively uses tooth-colored composite fillings. These consist of a special resin material mixed with crushed glass, and are matched precisely to the color of your tooth, providing a seamless restoration.

To create a filling, the decayed tooth is first cleaned and prepared, then layers of composite resin are applied to the tooth, hardened, and sculpted with special dental tools. This eliminates the decayed enamel, prevents further deterioration, and restores the natural shape and function of your tooth.

Why would I need A Dental Filling?

Dental fillings are the best choice for restoring decayed teeth. If you have minor-to-moderate tooth decay, Dr. Friberg will almost always recommend a filling. In some cases, though, very large cavities may require a dental crown. This is because large fillings tend to wear out quickly and fail prematurely. They are not appropriate for severely decayed teeth.

Unless you get a filling to restore your decayed tooth, your condition will only get worse, even if you take good care of your teeth. Eventually, the tooth may even become infected and require root canal therapy.

The fillings Placement Process

It only takes one appointment to place a filling. To begin your appointment, Dr. Friberg will clean your mouth and numb the treatment area. Once your mouth is numb, he will use a dental drill to gently remove any decayed tooth material. 

This exposes fresh enamel, removing the source of the decay and also providing a strong, stable surface that will bond tightly with the filling. Next, Dr. Friberg will choose a resin material based on the color of your tooth.

He will apply the resin to your tooth layer by layer, shaping it and then hardening it with UV light. Once the cavity in your tooth has been completely filled, he will further shape and refine the filling to make sure it looks and feels natural.

As the last step, Dr. Friberg will use a special type of paper to check the fit of the filling. You will bite down on a strip of paper, then Dr. Friberg will look at it to see if your new filling fits your bite properly. He may make a few final adjustments to trim and refine the filling, if necessary.

That’s it! You’ll be sent home to enjoy your newly-restored tooth. You don’t need to do anything special to care for your new filling. Just brush and floss normally and keep seeing the team at Thrive Family Dental for six-month oral exams and teeth cleanings.