Dealing with a cavity not only impacts your ability to chew and speak, but can also hit your confidence and overall wellness. That’s where fillings come in handy. In just one visit, your tooth can be restored to its natural health, so you can start smiling again.
Cavities are a pain and can only worsen when left untreated. You deserve to have a smile that allows you to chew, speak, eat, and laugh with ease. Fortunately, cavities are simple enough to treat and even easier to prevent. A dental filling can treat cavities in just an hour-long appointment. And by visiting your Zachary dentist for regular cleanings and exams every 6 months, we can help you prevent future cavities altogether.
Cavities are common. Nearly 80% of Americans have had at least one before the age of 18.
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No need for a silvery reminder of your cavity. With a tooth-colored filling, your tooth will match the rest of your smile for a natural, seamless look.
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Gold fillings are the longest-lasting type of filling material, which is why we offer it as an option for patients who have experienced more advanced decay than can be treated with traditional fillings. Gold inlays and onlays can cover a wider area than a filling, and with proper care, they can last two to four times longer than other materials.
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Along with proper hygiene, fillings stop cavities in their tracks and keep future decay from forming.
When done well, fillings offer a seamless look and a natural feeling bite.
Most cavities can be filled in an hour or less.
First, your dentist will apply local anesthesia to numb the nerves near the treatment area. This ensures you won’t feel any pain or discomfort throughout the filling process.
Next, a dental handpiece will be used to remove decayed enamel and damaged material from your tooth. Then, your dentist will clean and disinfect the area to prepare it for your filling.
Your dentist will fill your tooth and restore its structure with the filling material. Once the tooth has been filled, the filling will be sculpted, adjusted, and polished to ensure it looks natural and feels comfortable.
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If you have a very deep or large cavity, a filling may not be the appropriate treatment to strengthen and restore your tooth. In these cases, your dentist may recommend an alternative treatment, like a dental inlay or onlay, or a dental crown. These treatments are more effective at protecting and restoring teeth that have been severely damaged by decay, and will provide better results.
Nope! Getting a dental filling is virtually painless. Your dentist will apply local anesthesia to ensure your mouth is numbed during the entirety of the procedure. Getting a filling is a fast process, too. Most fillings are finished in about 30-60 minutes.
If you’re nervous at the dentist’s office, you can choose to be sedated during your procedure. With nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or other medications, we can ensure that you feel no pain, anxiety, or discomfort throughout the process. Just contact your dentist and ask about your options for sedation during your treatment.
By removing the decayed enamel and sealing your tooth with dental resin, fillings protect your tooth from further damage. This treatment halts the progression of the cavity, preventing it from getting larger and potentially causing a tooth infection. The filling helps protect the underlying tooth structure, and ensures that your tooth remains strong.
Not all cavities cause pain or sensitivity. Usually, a toothache is a symptom of an infected tooth, which must be treated with a root canal instead of a filling. Seeing your dentist every 6 months for a dental cleaning and an exam will help you prevent cavities altogether. These regular visits will also help your doctor find the issues when they’re still small and relatively easy to treat.
When a cavity or an oral injury is left untreated, it destroys the outer layers of your tooth, exposing the vulnerable pulp that lives inside. Root canal therapy and either a dental filling or dental crown can seal your tooth and prevent further damage. This process is more complex, time-consuming, and expensive than having a cavity filled.
If your tooth is feeling sensitive to heat, cold, or sugary foods and beverages, you may have a cavity. Another sign includes feeling pain when chewing or biting down on your “sensitive side.” A toothache may occur, but this depends on the severity of your cavity. Most minor cavities typically won’t cause you major pain or discomfort.
In fact, most frequently there will be no sign that you have a cavity. This is why we use digital x-ray sensors to detect what is not easily visible. Fixing cavities before they become symptomatic is the best way to avoid pain.
In some cases, you might see a cavity with your naked eye. If you look at your tooth and see small holes, pitting, or black/brown stains, it may be a cavity.