Say Goodbye to Cavities
Patients suffering from tooth decay need a dental filling. By nature, tooth decay is progressive, which means it will continue to grow and worsen without treatment. Rather than allowing the cavity to deepen, leaving your tooth vulnerable to sensitivity and infection, treat it immediately. The sooner you receive a filling – one of the most common procedures we perform – the sooner you can enjoy completely restored oral health.
A dental filling addresses multiple concerns, while taking your comfort into consideration. We begin each filling by numbing your tooth and the surrounding tissue. Then, we will work through each of the following steps:
- Your dentist will remove the decayed tissue from within your cavity, creating a clean, debris-free opening
- We will fill the opening with a material – composite or amalgam
- Once the filling sets, we will make necessary adjustments to leave you with a comfortable bite
Repairing your tooth with a filling is one of the most conservative restorative treatments available. A cavity has the potential to lead to complex problems, such as a broken tooth or infection, which may require root canal treatment and a dental crown. Rather than allowing the decay to progress, the filling addresses the cause of the problem, removes the dead tissue, and protects you from the need for additional treatments, effort, costs, and discomfort.
Different materials offer patients a variety of uses and benefits. Your dentist will discuss your options with you and will recommend one of the following:
- Composite: A synthetic acrylic-resin material, composite is easily matched to the color of your surrounding tooth for a seamless finish. It is safe for most patients, including pregnant women and individuals allergic to metal.
- Amalgam: Composed of mixed metals, amalgam offers a budget-friendly solution to tooth decay. It is best suited to back teeth and will effectively repair your tooth decay.