What Are Tooth-Colored Fillings?
Find out how a tooth-colored filling can restore a cavity.
If our Henderson, NV, dentists Dr. Brad Wilbur or Dr. Emily Ishkanian just discovered a cavity during your last checkup you may be wondering what’s next. Of course, we talked to you about the fact that you will need to come back into the office to have the cavity treated. The sooner a cavity is treated the better for the health of the tooth; however, we also understand that our patients feel calmer when they understand the procedure they are about to undergo. Here’s what goes into getting a dental filling from Green Valley Dental Center.
Over time, decay can destroy the hard enamel layers of your teeth, causing cavities. When this happens the only way to treat the problem is to remove the decayed enamel from your tooth and then rebuild the tooth with a dental filling. While some people may notice dental pain and sensitivity that tips them off to the fact that they have a cavity, many cavities don’t cause any symptoms. This is why visiting your Henderson general dentist twice a year is important for everyone if you want to maintain a healthy smile.
Traditionally, decay is removed with a dental drill; however, before we remove the decay we will need to numb the area around the tooth. Even though there are no nerves within tooth enamel, you can experience sensitivity when enamel is being drilled away. By numbing the area beforehand we remove any discomfort you may experience during the procedure.
Once the decay has been removed, the next step is to rebuild and restore these holes in your teeth. Dental fillings not only improve the appearance of your tooth but also strengthen your tooth after a cavity. Of course, our goal as your Henderson family dentist is to make sure that you always get a dental restoration that looks as close to a real tooth as possible. This is why we use composite resin fillings. Composite resin can be matched to the tooth so that it blends in flawlessly.
Composite resin is also moldable, which means that we can easily shape and trim it to fill the tooth precisely so no one even knows that you have a filling. The resin will be applied in layers, shaped and contoured, and then hardened permanently to the tooth with a dental laser.
Are you dealing with symptoms of a cavity? Do you need to schedule a routine dental cleaning in Henderson, NV? Whatever the case might be, our dental team here at Green Valley Dental Center has you covered. Call us today!