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What Is a Dental Filling?

If your tooth has a small area of damage, our dentist may recommend a dental filling to restore it to its proper shape, size, and function. The damaged area of the tooth is taken out and then the filling material is placed to restore the tooth.

Why Are Dental Fillings Used?

The most typical reason for a dental filling is to restore a tooth that has decay. However, a dental filling may also be suggested for:

– Cracked or broken teeth

– Teeth that are worn down because of nail biting, teeth grinding or using your teeth as tools

How Is a Dental Filling Placed?

When you visit our office for a dental filling, our dentist in Chicago, Illinois. may numb the area with a local anesthetic if necessary. Then our dentist will remove the decay and any debris. Once the area has been tested to ensure that all decay has been removed, it will be cleaned thoroughly. Then the dental filling material will be placed. If composite material is used, a shade will be selected to match that of your natural teeth. The composite material is placed in layers and cured as it is placed. The final filling is shaped and trimmed to reach its ideal shape.

To learn more and to schedule a visit with Dr. Dhiraj Sharma, contact American Dental Associates at 773-284-1645 today.