Restore Your Tooth
When plaque adheres to teeth, bacteria wears away the outermost layer of tooth enamel. Bacteria release acids that weaken your enamel, which leads to the formation of a cavity – a small hole in your tooth. When diagnosed with a cavity, your dentist will repair the problem with a dental filling. This restorative procedure will improve the structural integrity of your tooth, while protecting it from potential infections.
What Are Fillings?
Your dentist will begin this restorative treatment by numbing your tooth and the surrounding area. The next step is removing the decayed tissue from the cavity. Once the opening is free of decay and debris, your dentist will fill the hole with a material called composite. This synthetic resin substance molds to fit the unique shape of your tooth. We will color-match the composite for a seamless, undetectable finish.
At Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest, we use composite, not metal. Using this material offers patients a variety of advantages, including:
- Composite does not conduct cold or heat – you will not need to worry about heightened sensitivity as a result of temperature extremes
- Also called a white filling or tooth-colored filling, this treatment will not compromise or darken the appearance of your tooth
- Composite is considered safe for both pregnant women and patients allergic to metal
- White fillings require the removal of less tissue than amalgam fillings, thereby preserving a greater amount of your natural tooth tissue
Am I A Good Candidate?
We encourage you to schedule an appointment at your earliest convenience if your dentist recommends a filling. Because the cavity will continue to grow, your tooth becomes susceptible to breakage and infection. Agreeing to a filling now my allow you to avoid the need for a crown or root canal treatment.