While tooth decay is completely preventable, most patients will have had one or more cavities by the time they reach adulthood. Dental fillings are one of the most frequently performed and most important dental treatments. Although a decayed tooth may not always produce pain, many individuals will feel sensitivity or discomfort that indicates a cavity needs to be filled. Dr. Z will diagnose a cavity through multiple touchpoints, visual inspection, oral exam, and x-ray analysis. Cavities range from barely detectable to quite large. Most dental insurance providers will cover at least a portion of the cost of filling a cavity.
A dental filling at SS Dental is a simple procedure that restores an injured or decayed tooth. Dr. Z first removes the decayed and rotten portion of the tooth. The tooth is then restored with composite resin material. A dental filling seals the cavity to prevent moisture or particles from penetrating the opening. Dr. Z will shape the composite material creating a natural-looking tooth. A filled tooth will function and appear like any other tooth, and any sensitivity from a filling should subside once the anesthetic wears off. Sometimes, it is necessary to reshape a dental filling during a later visit to restore proper bite alignment.
Composite resins, or tooth-colored fillings, provide good durability and resistance to fracture in small- to mid-size fillings that need to withstand moderate pressure from the constant stress of chewing. They can be used on either front or back teeth. They are a good choice for people who prefer that their fillings look more natural.
At SS Dental, we recommend filling a cavity right away. Since decay creates a hole in the tooth, forgoing a dental filling can cause the cavity to deepen so much that root canal therapy, a dental crown, or tooth extraction is needed to restore the tooth.