How Dental Fillings Repair Tooth Decay
Cavities are small holes of decayed tooth structure that can form in the outer layers of a tooth. This damaged tooth structure opens the door to infection and pain. Dental fillings are designed to repair the cavity and protect the tooth from infection.
Dental Filling Procedure
At Serenity Dental Studio, we use composite fillings that are tooth-colored. They are made from non-toxic materials like resin and porcelain so our patients can safely enjoy a healthy smile after a cavity.
First, we identify that you have advanced decay in the form of a cavity that will likely not remineralize on its own. We will desensitize the area so you won’t feel pain during the procedure. Then, we will remove the damaged tooth tissue and layer the filling material into the hole. This biocompatible tooth-colored material plugs the area to protect the sensitive inner tooth from infection and reinforces the tooth for chewing.
How to Know I Need a Filling
Although some cavities can cause visible discoloration of a tooth, most cavities can’t be seen with the naked eye at home. That’s why it’s beneficial to visit your dentist twice a year so they can carefully examine your smile and identify cavities before infection has a chance to develop inside your tooth. Cavities caught early can usually be treated with a simple filling instead of root canal therapy, which is more invasive.
Sometimes, however, you might experience some symptoms which can signal you have a cavity, such as: increased tooth sensitivity; a persistent toothache; pain when you bite down; or pain when you drink something hot or cold.
Gentle Dental Fillings in Frisco, TX
Serenity Dental Studio offers comprehensive oral healthcare, including safe, tooth-colored dental fillings, at our comfortable dental office in Frisco, TX. Whether you need a preventive cleaning and checkup or a more complex cosmetic or restorative service, please contact us to schedule an appointment! We look forward to hearing from you.
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