Repair Your Teeth with Dental Fillings
A dental filling may be required after receiving dental treatment such as root canal therapy or the removal of dental decay. Fillings can also be used to repair broken or cracked teeth after injury to prevent further damage. Our team may recommend a filling if you require the removal of severe dental decay or if you need to repair eroded enamel. This is a routine treatment that is meant to save your otherwise healthy smile from future harm.
Fill a Cavity
Cavities are very common, even in healthy smiles. This is because decay can naturally occur due to the food we eat, our oral health habits, and even because of the medication we take. To have a cavity treated, our dentist will perform root canal therapy to take out the decayed area. After the decayed area of the tooth is removed, our team will fill in the area to prevent any further infection. This is a common reason to get a filling and it helps to prevent the development of severe tooth decay. If decay occurs deep in the tooth and reaches the core, you may require an extraction. By filling in this area, you are saving your tooth and saving your wallet from more expensive treatments.
Protect Your Enamel
If your enamel has been greatly worn down on the chewing surface, a filling can be used to protect your remaining enamel. This can be helpful to prevent further damage before you seriously harm your tooth. Weakened enamel can lead to the development of dental decay and even infection. If the core of your tooth becomes infected, it can lead to a dental abscess, which can be a life threatening condition if not treated right away. Our enamel can not regenerate after it is worn down, so we need to do everything possible to help save it. Restoration of your teeth after extreme wear can be expensive, so getting a filling early on can save you a lot of money.
A local anesthetic will be used to numb the area where you will be getting the filling. We will then use a drill to gently remove any remaining decay from your tooth. After all decay has been cleared from your tooth's surface, our dentist will thoroughly clean the area to wash away any remaining debris. Next, we will fill the area to seal up the cavity or crack. Lastly, our team will polish the tooth so that the filling feels comfortable and looks natural.
Types of Fillings
There are a few different forms of Pooler GA dental fillings, and they all have different pros and cons. Teeth can be filled with gold, ceramic resin, porcelain, or even silver amalgam. Silver fillings are by far the strongest, however they are not very popular due to how visible they are in your smile. This type of filling is typically used for molars in the back of the mouth. Our preferred filling material is ceramic resin or porcelain because both of these materials look very natural. Porcelain is more durable than ceramic resin, though it is also a more expensive material. Composite resin can be an excellent option for any patient who is looking to protect their teeth at a more affordable price.
To learn more about Pooler GA dental fillings, call our office to schedule a consultation. We can work with you to find the right path forward for your dental treatment. You can reach our team at 912-988-7723 to book your next appointment.