The Cavity Filling Procedure at SLC Dental
Dr. Palmer will first apply a topical anesthetic to the treatment area to keep you comfortable. After it takes effect, he’ll give an injection of local anesthetic near the site of the cavity. This will numb the tooth so you don’t feel pain during treatment.
Your tooth will be isolated with a dental dam to keep the area clean. Dr. Palmer uses a dental drill to remove decay and shape the tooth for proper filling placement. He’ll remove all affected tooth structure before thoroughly cleaning the tooth.
Applying Bonding Agent
A conditioning liquid will prepare the tooth. This roughens the surface slightly so the filling material will properly bond and adhere to the natural tooth structure.
Dr. Palmer uses special instruments to sculpt and pack the composite resin material into the cavity. He’ll shape and smooth the material until it matches the profile of the surrounding teeth. It’s then hardened using a curing light.
Finishing and Polishing
Fine tools smoothen the filling surface for a natural shape and glossy finish. We’ll check and adjust bite alignment with opposing teeth as needed.
The entire process typically takes less than an hour. With proper technique, composite resin fillings can last five to 10 years or longer before needing replacement. Contact SLC Dental at (801) 355-6997 to schedule your cavity filling today!