Why are dental restorations needed?
Cavities, also known as tooth decay, are a widespread oral health problem affecting both adults and children. While not all cavities display noticeable symptoms, they are caused by a bacterial infection that can spread to surrounding teeth. Early detection is crucial in preventing the spread of the disease and can be achieved through immediate removal of the decay and sealing of the resulting gap with a white filling that is minimally invasive. This helps maintain a healthy smile for many more years.
Symptoms of tooth decay:
Not all cavities cause pain. Other signs of tooth decay to look out for include:
- Food getting stuck in between teeth
- Discoloration of the tooth
- A feeling of discomfort when chewing.
- Floss shredding in specific regions
- Sensitivity to sweet foods
- Bad breath
A dental filling appointment typically lasts around an hour. To ensure your comfort during the procedure, we numb the tooth which needs to be treated. Once the tooth is fully desensitized, the decay is removed, and the tooth structure is prepared for filling. Most of our fillings are made of composite material, which is tooth-colored or white in appearance. Composite filling material bonds directly with the tooth structure, enabling us to place a minimally invasive dental restoration in any part of your mouth. The composite is selected to match the color of your natural enamel, ensuring that the restoration goes well with your smile, even further enhancing it. After the composite material is molded into the shape of your tooth by hand, a bright light is used to cure it into place. In no time, you will be able to leave the dentist's office, and no one will be able to tell that you have had a filling.