When a patient has a cavity, Dr. Travis E. Hampton may recommend a dental filling in Covington, Georgia. One of our dentists will remove the decay from the tooth, clean the tooth thoroughly, and fill the area with the dental filling. At Alcovy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we offer amalgam dental fillings and composite dental fillings. Amalgam fillings, which are also called silver fillings, are made from mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper. Composite fillings are also called tooth-colored fillings and are made from plastic and tooth-colored materials.
To place a dental filling, our dentists will use a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser to remove the decayed area. The area is probed to ensure that all of the decay has been removed. The area is then cleaned of bacteria and debris. The filling is then placed and polished. If a composite dental filling is used, it is placed in layers. Each layer is cured and hardened as it is placed. Our dentists will shape the dental filling and trim off any excess material. The final restoration is polished to produce a sheen like that of your natural teeth.
We invite you to contact our dental office today to learn more and to schedule your next appointment.