Dental fillings are the best way to restore your smile if you have a minor-to-moderate cavity. With a filling, you can halt the progression of tooth decay, restore your tooth’s appearance and function, and get peace of mind, knowing that your smile is healthy once again. If you have a tender tooth and think you may have a cavity, don’t wait. Contact Nova Dental of Winchester now to schedule an appointment with Dr. Talar Guldalian.
Dental fillings are used to treat cavities. They consist of a metal or composite material that replaces the damaged and infected enamel in the decayed tooth. By removing the decayed material and strengthening the tooth, fillings eliminate the cavity completely and keep your tooth healthy.
Dental fillings used in our clinic are made of high-quality materials from reputable companies. Light-cured composites cure under the influence of a polymerization lamp, which allows them to achieve their final hardness and mechanical strength. We offer filling materials in a full range of colors in order to achieve the most optimal visual effect.
The price of the filling depends on its size and type of used material. Untreated cavities can cause many other illnesses and bothersome symptoms, such as an unpleasant smell or periodontitis. Untreated teeth and progressive tooth decay can also affect other elements that seemingly have nothing to do with oral care, such as the heart, kidneys, and joint disorders. The basic procedure in preventative dentistry when finding cavities focuses on their elimination and then filling the cavity with prepared fillings.
At Nova Dental of Winchester, we primarily offer composite, or tooth-colored, fillings. Tooth-colored fillings match your teeth perfectly, so they’re ideal for filling front teeth. They’re made out of a special type of durable composite resin.
Metal fillings are made from a blend of silver, tin, copper, and mercury. They are very strong, so they hold up very well to biting and chewing, but they do have an unnatural gray color. This means they’re usually better for filling the rear teeth, which people don’t see when you smile. At Nova Dental, our standard practice is to perform tooth-colored fillings, gradually stepping away from outdated metal fillings due to their unnatural look and feel.
First, fillings are usually the most affordable way to restore a decayed tooth. If you wait too long and don’t get a filling, you may need a crown, which is much more expensive. Your tooth could even become infected and require root canal therapy, which will add even more time and cost to your dental treatment in Winchester.
Dental fillings also give you relief from the discomfort of a cavity. Smaller cavities don’t cause toothaches, but they can make the tooth feel very sensitive to hot and cold foods or to the pressure of biting and chewing. Once you fill the tooth, though, you won’t have to worry about sensitivity and discomfort.
First, fillings are usually the cheapest way to restore a decayed tooth. If you wait too long and don’t get a filling, you may need a crown, which is much more expensive. Your tooth could even become infected and require root canal therapy, which will add even more time and cost to your dental treatment in Winchester.
Dental fillings also give you relief from the discomfort of a cavity. Smaller cavities don’t cause toothaches, but they can make the tooth feel very sensitive to hot and cold foods, or to the pressure of biting and chewing. Once you fill the tooth, though, you won’t have to worry about sensitivity and discomfort.
Finally, fillings are a very long-lasting solution for decayed teeth. To keep your fillings in good shape, just make sure to take good care of your teeth and see Dr. Guldalian for a checkup every six months.
The dental filling process is really simple, and usually takes just 20-30 minutes for each tooth, though this depends on the size and complexity of the cavity. To begin the process, Dr. Guldalian will clean your mouth and numb the treatment area.
Next, she will use a dental drill to clean away any decayed and damaged enamel from the surface of the tooth. Once the cavity has been cleaned and prepared, she will apply the metal or composite filling material directly to the cavity.
After this, she will use special tools to sculpt, shape, and harden the filling and restore the original shape and size of your tooth. As the last step, she will have you bite down on special paper to check your bite, and make any final adjustments required to ensure your filling fits into your mouth perfectly. Then, you’ll be sent home.