Have you ever wondered just what in the world your dentist is doing when you have a filling placed in your tooth? Well, this should clear things up!
Figure 1. First, the tooth is cleaned with pumice flour before beginning the procedure to eliminate debris and plaque. The appropriate shade of composite (filling material) for color matching adjacent teeth is selected. The teeth are then isolated using a non-latex rubber dam and a liquid dam material (that shimmery stuff) is used in areas where the rubber dam may not be completely sealed.
Figure 2. The existing amalgam restorations (metal filling material) and any decay is removed.
Figure 3. We then etch (the blue stuff) the prepared area, ensuring the proper contact time. Then the etch is thoroughly rinsed away and the tooth lightly dried.
Figure 4. Bonding adhesive is scrubbed onto the edges and inside the prepared area, air thinned, and cured for 10 seconds using an LED curing light.
Figure 5. Composite is then added into the tooth preparation, then shaped and contoured to the preparation walls to ensure proper anatomical form.
Figure 6. We again light cure the composite, then finish and polish the restoration using small burs and polishing points to achieve a resilient high gloss. Voila!
This case was featured in greater depth in Dentistry Today.