About 91% of Americans over the age of 20 have had a cavity at some point in their lives. At Battle Ground Dental in Battle Ground, Washington, Jeffrey Kockritz, DDS, and Spencer Woodbury, DDS, provide fillings to treat tooth decay that causes cavities. Fillings can be custom-made to match your natural teeth and enhance your smile. To learn more about the procedure, call or click today and schedule an appointment.
A filling is a dental appliance used to restore a tooth damaged by decay and restore its function, shape, and appearance. Cavities, which are holes in your teeth caused by decay, are often treated with fillings.
Removing the decayed material in your tooth is always the first step in placing a filling. The filling itself fills the space created by the cavity and restores your tooth. It also prevents bacteria from entering the cavity by closing off the spaces where bacteria could get inside.
There are many advantages to tooth-colored restorations. At Battle Ground Dental, the dentists use white-colored composite filling material so that it naturally fits in with your smile. These tooth-colored restorations last longer than ever, and their durability is practically comparable to other filling materials such as gold and silver.
White-colored composite fillings are bonded to the teeth creating a tight, superior fit to the natural tooth. These can be used in instances where much of the tooth structure has been lost. The tooth remains intact and stronger.
When compared to metal restorations, tooth-colored fillings allow for more preservation of the natural tooth structure. They’re also an ideal option for those with metal allergies and concerns about mercury exposure.
Getting a filling to treat a cavity is a simple procedure. Your dentist first uses special dental tools to remove the decay and clean the affected area. They then replace the cleaned-out cavity with your filling, which is custom-made to fit your tooth based on impressions.
At Battle Ground Dental, the team also provides procedures to replace silver fillings with tooth-colored restorations.
First, the old filling, along with any decay present, is removed. Your dentist then takes new impressions of your teeth that are sent to the outside dental lab where your new filling is made.
When you return for your second visit, your dentist bonds the new filling to your tooth with cement before polishing your tooth. Afterward, your tooth is restored to a natural look and feel.
To find out more about fillings, call or use the online booking tool today and set up a consultation.