To treat a cavity, dentists will remove the decayed portion of the tooth and then fill in the area on the tooth where the decayed material once lived. Dental fillings, which are available in several different dental restorative materials, are used to regain function and to restore structure of the original tooth.
First, the dentist will numb the area around the tooth to be filled with a local anesthetic. Next, your dentist will drill the decayed section of the tooth until all of the decay is removed. Now it is time for your dentist to prepare the space for the filling by cleaning the cavity free of bacteria and debris. Once the cavity has been cleaned out thoroughly, your dentist will fill in the empty space with a dental filling.
When it comes to dental fillings, there are several materials to choose from depending on the patient’s needs. Teeth can be filled with gold; porcelain; silver amalgam (consisting of mercury mixed with silver, tin, zinc and copper); or tooth-colored, plastic and glass materials called composite resin fillings. The location of the cavity and extent of the decay along with the cost of the filling material and patients’ insurance coverage will assist your dentist in making the best recommendation to address your specific needs.
Here are 6 signs that you might have a cavity:
- Bad Breath
- Bad Taste
- Tooth Pain
- Tooth Sensitivity
- Dark Spots
- Visible Holes
If you suspect you have a cavity, call us today to schedule an appointment. Acting early can help prevent a cavity from turning into a more complex situation where a root canal may be required.