Restore Decayed Teeth
If you have a cavity, it’s important to get a filling as soon as you can. Left untreated, tooth decay will only get worse, and can result in a tooth infection that requires root canal therapy and a dental crown. If you suspect that you have one or more cavities, contact NexGen Dentistry right away for an appointment with Dr. Mansoureh Yavari.
Fillings That We Offer
Composite Dental Fillings
At our office, we exclusively use composite “tooth-colored” fillings. These fillings are made of dental resin, and can be perfectly matched to the color of your teeth. This is in contrast to metal-amalgam fillings, which have a silver-gray color.
Compared to metal-amalgam fillings, composite fillings also require Dr. Yavari to remove less tooth material while preparing your tooth. These fillings bond very tightly to the enamel, as well. This helps strengthen the tooth.
With a composite filling at NexGen Dentistry, you can restore your decayed tooth quickly, and your tooth will look and feel completely natural, ensuring you can continue to smile brightly for years to come.
What To Look For
Signs That You Need A Filling
It’s a common misconception that cavities cause toothaches. In fact, toothaches are usually caused by a tooth infection, which is the result of a large, untreated filling. If you have a toothache, you may not need a filling, but may require root canal therapy instead.
However, cavities can make your tooth feel more sensitive. If you find that one or more of your teeth is sensitive to hot or cold foods/drinks, this can be caused by a cavity, and you should see a dentist right away.
You may even be able to recognize the signs of a cavity visually, in some cases. If you see gray, black, or brown spots on your teeth, or visible holes or pits in the enamel, you may have a cavity, and should see a dentist right away.
Often, though, cavities are not detectable on your own until they become very large. This is why routine six-month cleanings and oral exams at NexGen Dentistry are so important.
What To Expect
The Filling Process
First, Dr. Yavari will clean the treatment area and numb your mouth using spray anesthetic and a numbing needle. This ensures you won’t feel any discomfort throughout the treatment process. Once your mouth is completely numb, she will begin preparing your tooth for the filling.
Dr. Yavari will gently clean away decayed and damaged enamel with a dental drill to expose healthy tooth material. Once all of the decay has been removed, she will select a tooth-colored dental composite and apply it to the cavity.
Then, the resin will be hardened with UV light, shaped, and sculpted until the cavity has been completely filled, and the overall shape and form of your tooth have been restored.
Finally, Dr. Yavari will make sure the filling fits into your mouth by having you bite down on a special type of contact paper, and making any necessary adjustments. Then, you’ll be sent home with your newly-restored tooth.
Do Fillings Hurt?
Fillings don’t hurt at all. Your mouth will be completely numb throughout the procedure, and fillings are minimally-invasive. However, if you’re worried about pain and discomfort, we offer sedation at NexGen Dentistry to keep you feeling safe and comfortable.