By Midtown Dental Studio, L.L.C.
July 17, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Dealing with a cavity? A dental filling can fix that!cavities

Our Midtown Atlanta, GA, cosmetic dentist, Dr. Travon Holt, just discovered a cavity lurking in a tooth. While this certainly wasn’t the news you had hoped for this is an easy and simple fix. Of course, if you have a cavity the sooner we remove the decay and restore the tooth the better. So, how is a cavity treated?

With a dental filling, of course! Once the decayed enamel has been drilled away by our Midtown Atlanta dentist we will need to restore those areas of the tooth. If we didn’t place a dental filling the tooth would be weak, which can leave it prone to chips and cracks. By placing a filling we can restore the tooth in both strength and resiliency.

Tooth-colored fillings provide even more advantages because they are made to match the color of your tooth so that you’re the only person who knows that you have a filling. Tooth-colored fillings are often made from composite resin but can also be made from porcelain. Since you won’t be able to see the filling you know you can feel confident whenever you smile.

Do you have old metal fillings that you wish you could get rid of? If so, we can also replace these old fillings with tooth-colored fillings, which won’t be obvious to those around you. When using composite resin, the material is highly moldable, which means that we can easily shape and contour it to the surface of your tooth to fill the hole and rebuild it. A thin layer of material is placed, shaped, and then hardened permanently to the tooth before placing the next layer. Layer after layer of resin is applied until the tooth is completely filled.

Tooth-colored fillings are quite resilient and strong, lasting up to 15 years if cared for properly. This means visiting your general dentist twice a year for routine dental cleanings to make sure the filling is still strong and intact. Keeping your teeth clean and protecting your teeth from excessive wear and tear (e.g. wearing a nightguard if you grind your teeth at night) can improve the longevity of your fillings.

No matter whether you are dealing with a toothache (a common symptom of a cavity) or you need to just schedule your routine dental cleaning, the dental team here at Midtown Dental Studio in Midtown Atlanta, GA, is here to provide you with the dentistry you require.