A Long-Lasting Solution To Correcting
Cavities can happen to anyone. A cavity is a hole in the tooth caused by decay, typically from the acid in plaque eating away at the enamel. The solution to this problem and preventing tooth decay from spreading further, is fillings. These are sone of the most common procedures done in most dental offices. With the use of fillings, you can stop further decay, which can lead to more extensive procedures such as root canals, or worse – having to have the tooth extracted.
Why Choose Soundview Family Dental for Your Fillings?
Choosing a dentist is an essential part of maintaining good oral health for life. Our office and dentists will work with you to develop the best treatment plan to fit your needs. If during an exam we identify a cavity, we will chart its location. Afterward, we will sit with you and review thoroughly what we have found and recommend a course of treatment to fix the holes. Not every cavity can be solved with just a filling. In some cases, we recommend the use of a crown as well.
Our primary goal will always be to give our patients the best care possible. We will never recommend services that aren’t right for you, and we will advise as to the appropriate solution (and options) for your exact dental needs.
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Are Fillings Right for You?
Our office is pleased to offer a few different types of fillings. In our office we use gold, silver, amalgam, porcelain, and composite resins. Each of these works well for correcting cavities in teeth, but they do each have their own sets of advantages and disadvantages. For instance, some of the fillings are more expensive than the composite resin; but porcelain will blend in better with the tooth for a more natural finish.
Composite resin is the most versatile of the different types of fillings; it is also one of the more affordable solutions to fixing decay. A composite resin filling can be used at any area of the teeth, and does an excellent job of filling the cavity. For instance, in the front teeth, resin or porcelain will be less noticeable than a metal filling. In the molars, however, metal fillings can be used for more exceptional durability. Because the rear teeth are primarily used for chewing, having a stronger material in its place is ideal for long term effectiveness.
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At Soundview Family Dental, we prefer to use composite resin for fillings. While they have a shorter life span, they are perfect for correcting cavities of various sizes. During the procedure, our dentists, Dr. Kitts or Dr. Hewett, will clean the tooth, removing all traces of tooth decay.
The area will then be prepared for the filling. Once your dentist has applied the filling, it will need to be shaped to match the tooth structure that remains. Filing and shaping will allow for a smoother finish and a more natural appearance.
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Are You Considering Avoiding Repair to Your Tooth’s Cavity?
It’s normal to get busy and not visit the dentist as often as you should. A primary reason dentists recommend coming in twice a year for exams and cleanings is to identify issues that may have come up between now and your last visit. Cavities can show up anytime in between. When they do, they may start small, but they will get larger over time. The sooner you can have a cavity filled, the better. Tooth decay is progressive. Sometimes, a cavity is barely noticeable to you or to anyone else — no one, that is, except for your dentists. But tooth decay will spread. It will worsen, sooner than you would think, to the point where the tooth’s root is exposed.
Once your tooth is to this point, a filling may no longer be enough to solve the problem. A root canal may be required. Most fillings are inexpensive, and are often covered by most insurances. Conversely, a root canal is a far more extensive procedure, and is often more expensive.