If you are experiencing tooth pain, sensitivity, or discomfort, you most likely have tooth decay that is causing the pain. Patients of all ages come in with cavities, and the most simple, non-invasive treatment is a dental filling. A dental filling blends naturally with the color and texture of your teeth and is generally placed on the tooth where it would not be noticed.
What is a Cavity?
A cavity is caused by a weakening in the tooth enamel, which makes a small hole or defect in the tooth. When the decay has developed to the point of making holes or pits in the tooth, your dentist will most likely recommend filling the tooth. This defect must be addressed before further damage is done to the tooth and more invasive treatment is needed, such as a root canal and crown, or even a tooth extraction.
Types of Fillings
When you get a filling, the dentist will remove the decayed material from the tooth. She will then fill the space with a durable material that will restore the shape of the tooth. You will have a choice of materials, including:
- Gold - while gold is a more expensive choice, it is extremely strong and long-lasting.
- Amalgam - a mix of metals that have a silver appearance, which is both durable and affordable.
- Composite resin - this material closely matches the color of natural teeth. This is ideal for those that wish to maintain the aesthetic look of their smile.
When you visit our office, the doctor will perform an examination and recommend X-rays as needed to see the full picture of what is happening with your teeth. The doctor will go over the options for treating your cavity and a filling can usually be done in the same appointment.
We would be happy to help alleviate any tooth pain that you are experiencing. Contact our office today to make an appointment!