If you feel pain when you chew your food, or you have a tooth that is sensitive to hot and cold, or a tooth that just won’t stop aching, you may have a cavity. Even with the best of care—daily brushing and flossing and regular dental cleanings–your pearly whites can develop dental caries, also known as cavities. Cavities are holes in your teeth that develop after constant exposure to bacterial plaque. Plaque is a sticky film that coats your teeth unless it is removed constantly, and releases acid that corrode your tooth enamel and exposing the sensitive dentin layer underneath.
Cavities may form between teeth, on the top (or biting surface) of teeth and on the root surface of a tooth. Your dentist will save your tooth and restore its natural function by removing decay and filling the hole that is left behind. What can you expect during a dental restoration (dental filling)?
The Tooth Restoration Process
— After we find out the extent of the tooth decay which can include taking X-rays, we will help you decide which type of dental filling to use to restore your smile.
–Then, we will give you a local anesthetic to numb the area surrounding the affected tooth.
— Next, we will cut through the tooth enamel with a drill to clean out all of the decayed tissue.
— Once the decay is completely removed, we will proceed by shaping the area to be filled with the filling material.
— If we are applying a bonded filling, we will etch the tooth with an acid gel to prepare the tooth for the filling.
— For other types of fillings, we might layer resin on the tooth with a “curing” light to harden and strengthen the filling material in its place.
— After the filling has been set, we will finish by polishing your tooth, completing the restoration process, and making your tooth as good as new.
If you are experiencing problems with your teeth, please don’t put off getting treatment. Dr. Ron Stewart and Dr. Vonda Hester are both happy to restore your healthy smile. We will examine what is going on and determine if you need a dental filling. You can reach our Stewart Family Dentistry team in Lithonia, Georgia at 770-872-0662 today.