Dr. Ellis, DDS: Step by Step Pictures of Getting a Dental Filling.
Okay, here we go.
Step one, the tooth below had a cavity that was in between it and the tooth that sits above it in the picture.
Please take a moment to note that you can not see the cavity with your eyes. We found it on an x-ray. That is why waiting to come to the dentist till after you can see the cavity is a bad idea. By then, it is much bigger then it otherwise needed to be.
Step 2, cut away the portion of the tooth that is bad.
Step 3, separate the 2 teeth so that the filling material only sticks to the tooth we want it to. The filling material will now be placed into the hole in the tooth.
Step 4, once the filling material is placed in the tooth, we shape it and contour it so that it blends right in with the tooth. The goal here is that the filling is not visible. On a picture this big, you can barely see the edges but just looking into someones mouth seeing this filling would be next to impossible.
Now next time you need to get a filling, you will know what is happening.