Cavities are a problem commonly associated with children, but they often appear in adults as well. When cavities are spotted early enough, they can be treated through changes to a person’s oral hygiene routine.
As the cavity becomes larger and does more damage to the hard tooth enamel, it poses an increasing threat to the sensitive pulp within the tooth, so a filling becomes necessary. Fillings can prevent the need for a root canal while preserving more of the tooth’s natural structure. Here are the steps involved in the cavity filling procedure to help you prepare for your treatment:
- 1. Diagnosis of the cavity: Your dentist may use screening such as laser cavity detection with DIAGNOdent or digital X-rays to assess the exact size of the cavity. Once the cavity is identified, the dentist can recommend the most beneficial treatment for your individual case.
- 2. Cleaning and preparation of the tooth: Before a filling is applied to the tooth, the dentist will prepare the tooth by removing any decayed portion and shaping the remaining structure for the filling. Preparing the tooth for the filling helps to ensure that a strong bond can be made, which will keep the tooth strong and functional for years with the filling in place.
- 3. Filling with composite resin: There are many different materials that have been used for tooth fillings, but none offer the same aesthetic appeal and durability of composite resin. Composite is a tooth-colored mixture of materials designed to mimic the look of natural teeth while offering the same strength as a person’s own tooth enamel.
If you have a cavity disrupting the appearance of your smile or causing you discomfort, schedule a consultation with Dr. John Carson, DDS in Tucson. Our advanced dental practice offers the latest technology available for diagnostic dentistry and dental restorations. Schedule an appointment to see how this technology can benefit you by calling (520) 514-7203 or visiting our website.