Treating Dental Decay – Part 1
One of the more common oral health issues discovered during scheduled cleanings is dental caries (tooth decay). Your dentist will examine your teeth using a dental instrument called an explorer and may also take an X-ray to determine the extent and exact location of the cavity and decay. In our office, we also use a laser to help detect decay.
A dental filling is a type of restorative dentistry treatment used to repair minimal tooth fractures, tooth decay or otherwise damaged surfaces of the teeth. The most commonly used filling material today is composite, a tooth-colored polymer that bonds to teeth. However, porcelain, gold and amalgam can also be used to fill cavities.
Once it is determined that a filling is needed, your dentist will advise you of your options for filling and sealing the cavity to prevent further decay and damage to your tooth. Based on your medical history, the location of the cavity, aesthetic needs, biting force, durability, cost, number of visits necessary and your preference, your dentist will determine your best filling option.
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