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By Cecile Sebastian, DDS
January 29, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out how dental filling works, why they are placed and the benefits you’ll enjoy.fillings

Most people, at some point during their lifetime, will deal with a cavity. We know that this isn’t the news you wanted to hear. Sure, our Honolulu, HI dentist, Dr. Cecile Sebastian, wants everyone to take preventive dental care seriously to protect against common dental problems like cavities and gum disease; however, if you do fall victim to a cavity, do not despair. Dental fillings are here to the rescue.

What is a dental filling?

This is one of the most common dental restorations and, just as the name suggests, this dental material is used to fill a tooth that has lost some enamel due to decay. Untreated decay is a serious issue because it will continue to spread further until the damage is irreparable. This is why those six-month dental checkups are so important for your oral health.

A filling is designed to improve the appearance while also restoring function and strength back into a tooth that has suffered from decay. A filling is most often made from composite resin, a moldable material that can easily be shaped and contoured around the cavity. Before a filling is placed, the shade of the resin we use is matched to the tooth to ensure that the only person who knows you have a filling is you. The filling will easily blend in with the rest of the tooth so you won’t even know its there.

How is a dental filling placed?

First, our Honolulu family dentist will need to remove the cavity using a dental drill. Once the cavity has been removed this will stop the spread of decay; however, the tooth still needs to be rebuilt. Once we choose the appropriate resin shade, we will apply a thin layer of the resin over the cavity. We will contour and trim it before hardening it with a dental light. We will continue to apply the resin layer by layer until the tooth is fully restored.

If you are dealing with a toothache or if you notice other changes to your oral health it is important that you don’t ignore these issues. Contact our Honolulu, HI, cosmetic dental office today to schedule a much-needed appointment with Dr. Sebastian.

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Dr. Sebastian is a dedicated professional who enjoys the practice of dentistry. Together with her enthusiastic team, they are able to deliver the most advanced procedures and techniques that dentistry has to offer in a comfortable and welcoming environment.

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