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Many people want to know what exactly is involved with getting a filling. Dr. Sullivan and Dr. Hopkinson are happy to provide a detailed explanation of the process. “We will first review your medical history and the planned procedure with you to give you the opportunity to ask any questions you may have. We will then let you pick out a TV show to watch or music station that you would like to listen to during the appointment. The first step is to place topical anesthetic that helps to numb your gums for the injection of anesthetic. Anesthetic is injected slowly and gently to provide a comfortable experience. After injection of anesthetic, we will wait any where between 5 and 15 minutes to allow the anesthetic time to take full effect. We will then carefully remove any decayed tooth structure to get to good, hard tooth surface. The next step is to gain excellent isolation to keep the tooth dry and clean. A medicament layer is sometimes placed depending on the depth of the cavity and the tooth is etched to provide a clean surface. A bonding agent is placed to bond the resin to the tooth and protect against any post-operative sensitivity. Resin is placed in multiple layers and shaped to restore your tooth to natural contour. Your bite is then adjusted with finishing burs and polished to a smooth, glossy finish. After polishing we will review any post-operative instructions with you. Resin (white) fillings are totally set when you leave the office but we always advise that our patients be very careful and avoid eating until the numbness completely wears off to avoid biting their lip or cheek.”
Resin restorations are an excellent restorative option but careful technique is required to guarantee the longest life and most cosmetically pleasing results possible.