To help minimize the pain associated with getting a filling, our dentists may choose to administer a local anesthetic, Next, our dentists will remove decay from the tooth, using a drill. Once all the decay is removed, our dentists will shape the space to prepare it for the filling. Different types of fillings require different shaping procedures to make sure they will stay in place. Our dentists may put in a base or a liner inside the tooth to protect the tooth's pulp (where the nerves are).
Certain types of fillings get hardened by a special light. With these fillings, our dentists will layer the material, stopping several times to shine a bright light on the resin. This cures (hardens) the material and makes it strong. Finally, after the filling is placed, our dentists will use burs to finish and polish the tooth surface.