To treat a cavity Dr. Bruggeman will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then “fill” the area on the tooth where the decayed material was removed.

What Steps Are Involved In Filling A Tooth?

First, the Dr. Bruggeman will use a local anesthetic to numb the area around the tooth to be filled. If a patient has an extreme fear of the dental procedure inquire about sedation dentistry. Sedation dentistry is available upon request. Next, the tooth decay will be removed with a drill, air abrasion instrument, or laser. The choice of instrument depends on each individual case.

Once the decay has been removed, Dr. Bruggeman will probe or test the area to determine if all the decay has been removed. The space is then prepared for the filling by cleaning the cavity of bacteria and debris. If the decay is near the root, a liner made of glass ionomer, composite resin, or other material may be placed next to the never to protect you tooth.

Lastly the cavity is filled with composite resin fillings, white fillings only.  Dr. Bruggeman does not use metal fillings. Dr. Bruggeman will finish the filling by polishing the material and area around the filled cavity.

What Types Of Filling Materials Are Available?

Teeth can be filled with gold, porcelain, silver amalgam or composite resin fillings. Silver amalgam consists of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc, and copper. How do you determine which filling best fits you? Often your insurance coverage and the location of the decay will determine which filling you will receive. Dr. Bruggeman may also make recommendations based on your case.

More Uses For Fillings

Dental fillings in Thornton, CO are not limited to cavities. Fillings are also used to repair cracked or broken teeth. Your teeth may have been worn down from nail-biting or tooth grinding causing cracked or broken teeth.  Fillings can aid in the repair of such cases. If you are looking to improve your simile stop by Bruggeman Dental to see what option our dentist may have for you. We are located in Thornton, CO.


Dr. Bruggeman believes in using the latest in technology to provide you comfort and the best dental care possible. The use of electric drills allows your procedure to run more smoothly and quite. Stop by and see the difference new technology makes with dental care.

If you think you may need a dental filling in Thornton, CO, call our office today to schedule an appointment.