A cavity is a permanently damaged area in a tooth caused by poor dental hygiene, bacteria, and keeping a diet of sugary foods or drinks. Left untreated, tooth decay and worsening dental health lead to damage to your teeth and enamel. Composite fillings are a routine dental procedure, usually completed in one appointment. After numbing the gums surrounding the tooth before repair, Dr. Dimitri Salin will remove the decayed part of the tooth to restore it fully. It is possible to save a lot more of the tooth with composite and porcelain fillings than older amalgam fillings allowed. Once a space is created for the new filling, it will be cleaned and shaped before adding its filling. Then the composite will be inserted, compacted, and polished. The composite is cured by shining a specialized light on the new filling, restoring dental health.
Your newly filled tooth may initially experience some sensitivity to hot and cold, but this is normal and will quickly pass. If tooth decay reaches too deep, more extensive treatments like a root canal or tooth extraction may be the only option. If you think you may have tooth decay, this can worsen oral health and lead to gingivitis or periodontal disease. Don’t wait until you need emergency care and are in significant pain. Make an appointment today and see us for a comprehensive consultation, and we will be glad to cover all of your restoration options with you.