Dental fillings are used to protect and add strength to teeth that have been compromised by decay, wear or other damage. Whenever possible, Dr. Gauthier uses metal free dental fillings such as composite resin or porcelain. Fillings are a conservative treatment method for tooth decay, and help to stabilize the natural stability of the smile. Treating tooth decay in the early stages of development can prevent the need for more advanced services such as a root canal or tooth extraction.
Tooth decay is a leading dental health concern for both children and adults. Commonly a symptom of poor oral hygiene, tooth decay can be prevented. A good at home oral hygiene routine and biannual dental health exams can help to keep teeth cavity free. Patients who visit the dentist at least twice a year for a checkup and dental cleaning typically experience less occurrences of tooth decay. Children should begin visiting the dentist as their first tooth emerges, or by the age of 1 to prevent early childhood tooth caries.
Replacing Metal Dental Fillings
Many patients with traditional amalgam fillings (metal fillings) are choosing to replace their dental fillings with comfortable and attractive cosmetic dental fillings. Some patients have a sensitivity to metal in their mouth and report having a metallic taste or discomfort because of their metal dental filling. Dr. Gauthier can remove your metal dental filling and replace it with either a composite resin dental filling or a dental inlay or onlay.
If a tooth has more significant decay or damage, Dr. Gauthier may recommend a dental crown to hold the tooth together, adding protection, strength, and durability.
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Dental Fillings What to Expect
Dental fillings are a routine procedure that can typically be completed in just one visit to Apex Dental. A local anesthetic may be used to numb the area for the patient’s optimal comfort. Patients are able to return to their routine activities shortly after their dental filling treatment.
Composite Resin Dental Fillings
Composite resin fillings are also called white fillings. These fillings are made of a durable, biocompatible composite resin which comes in a range of tooth colored shades to match natural teeth perfectly.
Composite resin dental fillings are applied to the tooth by hand without the aid of molds or other templates. The resin is sculpted into place by Dr. Gauthier and cured with a special light. Resin fillings can usually be completed in a single visit.
Dental Inlays & Onlays
Dental inlays and onlays are a type of indirect restoration. This means that the restoration is manufactured outside of the mouth and then bonded to the tooth. Dr. Gauthier uses CEREC technology to create porcelain fillings in a single visit.
First, a digital impression is taken of the tooth. Then, using CEREC’s Computer Aided Design and Manufacture (CAD/CAM) software, Dr. Gauthier fabricates a custom fit porcelain restoration that will cover the tooth. While the patient waits, the inlay or onlay is created and then bonded to the tooth using a special adhesive.
A dental inlay typically fits inside the contours of the tooth, whereas a dental onlay covers the entire biting surface. This type of restoration is usually used when there is more significant damage to the tooth.
Yes. Childhood cavities are a leading health concern in American youth. Preventing tooth decay from an early age can allow your child to enjoy better lifelong oral health. Children should begin practicing brushing habits as soon as their first tooth emerges. During this stage of development, children should begin visiting the dentist for routine checkups and to develop a healthy dentist-patient relationship.
Treatment for tooth decay will vary depending on the stage of decay. Caught early, a dental filling, tooth inlay, or dental onlay can clear out the diseased tissue and save the tooth from extraction. Tooth decay left untreated can damage the structural foundation of the tooth resulting in the need for a root canal, or tooth extraction.
Yes, all cavities should be addressed as soon as your dentist detects them. Cavities left unaddressed can cause larger issues down the road. Fortunately, getting a cavity filled is not an expensive procedure, is typically covered by most (if not all) dental insurance plans, and is a relatively painless procedure.