Dental Cavities and Fillings
What are Dental Cavities and Dental Restorations and what is the difference?
If you have a cavity, the first option to fix it is with a filling otherwise known as a restoration. In the past, dental restorations were made with a mixture of substances (amalgams) that included mercury. These older restorations appear silver or black and over time can cause the teeth to break due to the outward pressure they apply on a tooth. Presently, Dr. Tom prefers to use “white restorations” that are made of porcelain or composite and match the color of natural tooth. These tooth colored materials are bonded to the natural tooth structure and, unlike silver fillings, are entirely free of mercury.
Reasons to get Fillings (Restorations)
- If you are diagnosed with a cavity
- To replace old silver fillings
- A piece of tooth breaks or chips
- If your gums “gingiva” is slightly receded and the tooth is sensitive
- If food gets caught between your back teeth when you eat
How do I know if I need a Dental Restoration for Cavities?
The best way to know if you have a cavity is to have your dentist examine the tooth and take an X-ray. Signs that you may have a cavity include: sensitive to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks, black or brown spots on your teeth that cannot be removed by brushing, or if a tooth breaks for an unknown reason.
What to Expect from a Restoration procedure
A typical restoration takes 1 visit. Dr. Tom and his team will get the area completely numb and make sure you are comfortable before starting. Removal of the problem part of the tooth is 1st. Then a series of steps are done until the final white restoration is placed. In most cases you can eat and drink immediately after the procedure! So if you think you may have a cavity, stop by and we can do an exam for you.
Let Sardina Dental make your dream smile a reality. Our office is conveniently located in Landisville, PA off of Harrisburg Pike. Visit us today and take the next step to keep your smile healthy and looking beautiful!