CAVITIES AND TOOTH FILLINGS
Cavities can cause toothaches that make eating, talking, and even drinking painful. It is imperative to your dental health that cavities are treated and replaced with composite fillings. Untreated decay can lead to health risks such as broken or abscessed teeth. Dr. Jones and Dr. Harris usually recommend composite fillings to patients with minor cavities and other decay so that the remaining structures of your teeth can be strengthened. For teeth with decay that may have compromised the structure of the tooth, we may recommend the placement of a dental crown over the tooth.
In some cases, if the decay is not treated in time, it can develop into a worse problem, requiring root canal treatment and the placement of a crown. Using digital radiography, Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will obtain an X-ray of your teeth and immediately be able to explain their diagnosis using a large monitor. Because we believe our patients should make informed decisions, your dentist will take the time to explain where the decay is in your tooth and what procedures need to take place. If a filling is a good solution, Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will begin by numbing the tooth. Once all of the decay is removed, Dr. Jones or Dr. Harris will apply the filling material so that it molds to the exact shape of the void left from the decay. A curing light will harden the filling material so that your filling will be strong enough to stand up to the same everyday use your natural teeth endure.