When a cavity develops in a tooth, we restore it with a filling. The infected area of the tooth is removed, and then the filling material replaces what has been lost.
White or Tooth-Colored Fillings are known as “Composites”
The filling material is called composite. It is a tooth colored, non-metal material that is bonded to the healthy, natural tooth structure. Composite is hardened by a curing light, which means the filling is as hard as it will ever be when you leave the office, so there are minimal restrictions.
What is the Procedure for a White Filling?
Depending on the size of the cavity, local anesthesia may or may not be used. The affected area of the tooth is cleaned to ensure no decay remains. A bonding agent is applied to the tooth and is cured with a special light. Composite filling material is then placed in layers and is sculpted to the natural contours of the tooth. The curing light is again used to harden the filling material. The filling is then polished to a high natural shine.