Dental caries, more commonly known as cavities, are the single most common dental issue in America. Most citizens have had at least 1 by the time they reach adulthood. Fortunately, they are simple enough to treat, and possibly even easier to prevent. A dental filling can treat cavities easily within an hour-long appointment. And by visiting Bayview Dental for regular cleanings and exams every 6 months, we can help you prevent cavities altogether.
Cavities don’t usually hurt. Toothaches are more commonly a symptom of a tooth infection.
First, your mouth will be numbed using local anesthesia. Your dentist will spray your gum with a numbing agent, and use a needle to numb the nerves near the treatment area. This ensures you won’t feel any pain or discomfort throughout the treatment process.
Next, your dentist will use a dental drill to remove decayed enamel and damaged material from your tooth. Then, the tooth will be cleaned and disinfected to prepare it for your filling.
Your dentist will fill your tooth and restore its structure with a tooth-compatible material like dental resin or metal-amalgam. Once the tooth has been filled, the filling will be trimmed and adjusted to ensure that it matches your natural bite and feels comfortable.
Tooth-colored dental fillings are an ideal way to fill cavities and caries because they can be matched to the color of your teeth. Similar to their metal amalgam predecessor, they are also very strong and durable. Because the front teeth are so visible, composite fillings were originally used most often for anterior teeth fillings, but they have since become the standard filling option for most cavities.
With a tooth-colored filling, your smile will look and feel completely natural. Your new filling should last 10-15 years or longer with proper care, such as regular brushing and flossing, and regular teeth cleanings and oral exams every 6 months.
Amalgam fillings are often called “silver” fillings because they have a silvery-gray appearance. However, they usually don’t contain very much silver at all. Instead, they are made of a blend of different metals, including silver, mercury, tin, and copper. This metal mixture is strong, durable, and resistant to the pressure of chewing and biting.
Although silver fillings are used less often these days in favor of composite, there are certain situations in which amalgam is a better option. Since silver fillings hold up so well to the pressure of biting and chewing, they are sometimes more favorable for cavities in the molars.
There are more than 3 million cases of cavities in the US every year.
Nearly 80% of Americans have had at least one cavity before the age of 18.