Most Americans develop cavities at some point in their lives. Over 90 percent of adults between the ages of 20 and 64 have experienced cavities in their permanent teeth. Following treatment for mild decay or damage, Dr. David Bishop and his team restore teeth with tooth-colored dental fillings at their Allen, TX, practice. This solution not only provides support, but also looks natural. Contact us today to take the first step toward restoring your oral health.
Even a healthy mouth can be home to bacteria. Food debris caught in the teeth can attract bacteria and produce acid. When left for too long, the acid, bacteria, and food debris can result in plaque and tartar settlements that can degrade the tooth surface over time.
The fluoride in toothpaste can momentarily protect your teeth from bacteria. However, the longer bacteria is present, the more minerals are lost and the weaker the enamel becomes. Eventually, a cavity forms. Left untreated, these cavities can result in infection and eventual tooth loss.
Dental Fillings Candidacy
The severity of the cavity will determine the appropriate treatment:
- Fillings can treat mild decay in most teeth.
- More extensive damage may require inlays or onlays, which replace a portion of the tooth on or within the cusps of your molars.
- Severe damage may require replacing the chewing surface of your tooth with a crown, or removing the tooth entirely. If tooth extraction becomes necessary, we can place and restore a dental implant to completely replace the tooth.
During a consultation, we can recommend the most appropriate course of action in treating your cavities.
Placing Your Filling
Filling a cavity is a simple procedure, typically taking less than one hour. We will first administer a local anesthetic to ensure minimal discomfort. The damaged portion of the tooth is then thoroughly removed. Once the decay is eliminated, the treatment site will be carefully cleaned to ensure that no debris remains.
Once your tooth is fully prepped, we will select a shade of tooth-colored resin that most closely matches the color of your teeth. This ensures that the results look as natural as possible. Before placing the composite on your tooth, an acid solution is applied to the enamel to roughen the surface, creating a stronger bond. The filling is then applied in layers and hardened with a special light.
Finally, we will shape and polish the resin until it blends seamlessly with the surrounding tooth. You will be able to return to your daily routine immediately following the placement of a filling. However, you may experience minor soreness in the treatment area for a few hours.
Benefits of Tooth-colored Fillings
As a restorative option, composite fillings offer a number of advantages over metal fillings:
- Natural appearance: Unlike metal fillings, which are immediately noticeable in a smile, composite resin fillings are tooth-colored and nearly invisible against your enamel.
- Long-lasting results: Because the fillings bond directly and securely to your teeth, they can last for years with proper dental hygiene.
- Stronger teeth: Metal fillings can fluctuate with temperature, which can weaken your teeth. Composite fillings are virtually unaffected by heat and cold.
- Conservative treatment: Metal fillings require your dentist to remove more of the tooth structure than tooth-colored fillings.
Contact Us Today
Our team provides patients with advanced service in a comfortable atmosphere. If you need to restore teeth affected by cavities, reach out to us today to set up your appointment.