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Hello! My name is Den. This blog is going to cover a range of dental topics. I am not a dentist or a dental nurse but I have recently undergone a lot of dental treatment. This treatment has given me a great insight into the world of dentistry and I would like to share everything I have learnt with you here. Last year, I developed terrible pain in my mouth. I was diagnosed with severe tooth decay. The dentist removed the problem teeth and then inserted false ones in their place. He also whitened my teeth to improve my smile. I hope you find my blog useful.


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Have A Tooth Cavity? 4 Steps Involved In Getting A Composite Resin Filling

by Myrtle Banks

Composite resin fillings are typically white fillings used to match the exact colour of your teeth and are made from glass particles secured in a resin solution. Composite fillings are directly bonded to your decayed tooth area, enabling support for the remaining structure. Dentists generally recommend composite resin fillings because they are strong and cosmetically attractive. This guide is designed to help you understand the steps involved in getting a composite resin filling.

Acidic Gel For Preparing The Bond

Before placing the composite resin filling inside the damaged tooth area, dentists will begin by putting an acidic gel on the prepared tooth. This acidic gel creates small holes around the tooth area, which enables the composite resin to better bond to your teeth. It also ensures that the composite resin filling doesn't prematurely fall out.

Rinsing Acid And Placing Bonding Agent

Once the tiny holes are formed, your dentist will rinse out the acid. The tooth is then dried and bonding agent is then applied to it with a small brush. This bonding agent creates a strong attachment between the composite resin filling and the tooth, so that it doesn't break away easily. Once the bonding agent is applied in your teeth, your dentist is now ready to place the composite resin filling in it.

Applying The Composite Resin Filling

Dentists typically offer you the choice in terms of composite resin filling shades, so that you get an exact replica or the closest match to your existing teeth. Your dentist may either squirt the composite filling resin directly into your tooth or may use a metallic instrument to place it in the missing tooth area. The composite filling will then be spread out evenly to ensure that no air bubbles form.

Curing The Composite Filling

Your dentist will then shine a bright light on the filling to harden and strengthen it. This process is referred to as curing. This light may not penetrate through the composite deeply, so your dentist may need to apply and cure a layer at a time if the cavity is too deep. These lights are not painful and will ensure that the composite resin remains intact in your mouth for a long time. Any rough spots on the filling are then smoothened out using mild abrasives, so that you don't feel roughness when you move your tongue around.

If you have a tooth cavity, you will need to get it filled. Dentists usually follow these steps for composite resin filling.