BDA Good Practice
Modern techniques now involve sticking fillings to teeth using special dental adhesives. This technique is often called ‘adhesive’ or ‘sticky’ dentistry. The area is treated with a solution that roughens the surface of the tooth – much the same as using sandpaper – ‘keys’ the wall ready for painting. The adhesive is applied and the filling is ‘bonded’ to the tooth.
The advantages of this method are that the cavity needs less preparation and in some cases it may not be necessary to numb the tooth first.