Many people will experience some tooth decay in their lifetime. Exposure to foods rich in sugar and carbohydrates can break down the enamel on your teeth and the tooth’s inner dentin material. When these foods are left inside your mouth, for even as little as 20 minutes, bacteria starts to create a colorless sticky substance called plaque. The plaque and leftover food particles form harmful acid that breaks down the enamel, which eventually leads to cavities. The treatment for a cavity is typically a filling.
A dental filling is one of the most common dental procedures performed in our office. It is a relatively quick procedure that can be done with minimal discomfort. It is important to get the cavity treated right away, as leaving it alone can cause more damage, pain and expense to restore the tooth later on.
Some cavities are difficult to detect because there might not be visible signs of decay. You may have a cavity If you are experiencing the following symptoms:
- Unusual sensitivity to hot and cold foods and water.
- Localized pain in your tooth or near your gum line.
- Discolored teeth.
An examination by the doctor will determine if you have a cavity and the proper treatment to prevent further damage and get rid of any pain you might be experiencing.
Types of Materials
We offer several different materials for you to choose from, based on your budget and needs. These materials include:
- Gold: This material offers superior durability and strength. It is also the most expensive materials for a filling.
- Composite Resin: A durable material that closely matches the color of your teeth, which is ideal for maintaining the aesthetic aspect of your smile.
- Porcelain Inlays and Onlays: Used when old fillings need to be removed or replaced. Inlays fit inside the top edges of the tooth, while onlays extend onto the chewing surface of the tooth.
If you have pain or sensitivity in your teeth and gums, make an appointment to see our experienced dentists. Call us today or fill out the form on this page and we will contact you shortly to schedule an appointment that is convenient for you!