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Dental Restorations

One of the prevalent oral ailments in both adults and children is tooth decay or cavities. Although the symptoms of cavities may not always be noticeable, it is a bacterial infection that can spread to neighboring teeth or result in abscesses. The crucial aspect is to detect it early, eliminate the decay, and fill the void or gap that remains. With the use of a minimally invasive white filling that seals off the opening, you can ensure a healthy smile for an extended period.
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Choosing the Best Dental Restoration

The primary objective of fundamental restorative dental care is two-fold:

  1. Repair the damaged region caused by decay and
  2. Restore the tooth’s normal function.

– By identifying cavities early and utilizing a small composite filling, we can prevent the spread of decay to neighboring teeth or the tooth’s sensitive nerve tissue.

In case the decay is detected early, we might be able to provide treatment.

Combining Durability with Aesthetics

– Our composite dental fillings can repair weakened areas, tooth cavities, or small gaps without compromising your smile. The resilient material not only reinforces your tooth but also blends in seamlessly with the surrounding enamel. Consequently, you can relish any food item and confidently smile, knowing that your smile is resilient enough to withstand your daily routine.
– To match the composite filling with your tooth enamel, we use a distinctive shade guide. The composite filling comes in various shades and hues, and we will select the most appropriate one to create a natural-looking appearance for your tooth structure.

Symptoms of Tooth Decay

Tooth decay may not always be accompanied by pain. Other indicators of cavities include:

  • Discoloration
  • Food catching in teeth
  • Floss shredding in certain areas
  • Sweet sensitivity
  • Something feeling “off” when you chew
  • To diagnose a cavity and evaluate the severity of decay, we will take an X-ray of the affected tooth. Based on the extent of the damage, we will recommend the most suitable treatment. If the cavity has not penetrated deep and is limited to the enamel or the layer immediately beneath it, a dental filling would be the preferred treatment method. However, if the decay is severe or deep, a root canal and/or crown may be necessary.

What to Expect During Your Dental Filling Appointment?

Typically, a dental filling appointment lasts for about an hour. Initially, we will ensure that you are comfortable by numbing the tooth that requires treatment. If other dental restorations are required on the same side of your mouth, we may perform them during the same appointment.

Once your tooth is entirely desensitized, we will eliminate the decayed portion and prepare the underlying tooth structure for the filling. The majority of our fillings are composed of a tooth-colored material known as composite.
The composite filling material adheres directly to your tooth structure, allowing us to place a minimally invasive dental restoration in any part of your mouth. The composite material is selected to match the natural shade of your enamel, ensuring that your restoration does not detract from your smile.
After the composite material is shaped by hand into your tooth, a bright light cures the material into place. Before you know it, your appointment will be over, and no one will be able to tell that you’ve had a dental filling.

Screening for Decay

Regular dental checkups every six months enable us to identify and address issues while they are still small and more manageable. As a result, we can use minor restorative dental treatments instead of more complex procedures.

Ensuring Your Comfort

Different types of dental restorations require various therapies. Filling procedures, which are utilized to treat holes, cavities, or gaps, can be relatively short appointments. Nonetheless, your comfort is crucial to us. During any restorative dental care, we will administer appropriate numbing medication (local anesthetic) to prevent tooth sensitivity.