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!

What Our Patients Say

Beginning in 1995 Dr. Ward took over my dental care. She has proven to be as painless as I believe possible. My bridges have performed perfectly. My extractions have been very few, and my partial is working without incident. I recommend that anyone needing dental work consider using Dr. Ward.

Rudolph Hughes

One day during my morning prayer and meditation I had to look up the word honorable. The word is rich in meaning and implies the purest, highest, noblest kind of goodness. Honorable means “lovely”, “winsome”, “gracious”, “noble” and “excellent’. Your name, Winsome, definitely describes your character and your practice. God bless and keep you!!!

Jan Paul

Very gentle, very competent. I am very appreciative of your skill and skill of your staff. Thanks.

Shawna Silva

Dr. Ward, I want you to know how much I appreciate the care I have received here. I am so happy with the improvement in my gums, and it is because of your emphasis on preventive oral care. It has made a huge difference, and I thank you.

Dave Diaz

Since having my first traumatic experience as a 9 year old with an army dentist I was always anxious about going to the dentist; my muscles would get tense, and I would grip the arms of the dentist chair, anticipating the worst.
But what a difference Dr. Ward has made in my previously harrowing experiences with dentists. With her calm caring manner and soothing touch, I actually became more relaxed in the dentist chair. What a relief!

Then as a bonus, there are times she would softly hum a tune which even makes me more calm, like a mother soothing an anxious baby – I guess I must have been a big baby when it came to dentists, but not anymore! Thank God for Dr. Ward! And her friendly staff aren’t too bad either.

Deanna Little