Cavities are repaired by removing the decayed portion of a tooth and packing the hole with filling material. Dental fillings at The Dental Co. of Leesburg are also used to fix worn, cracked, or otherwise damaged teeth. Once your dentist has deemed the area free of decay, space will then be cleared of any debris and bacteria. The final step is to polish the tooth filling.
If you are getting a white or tooth-colored filling placed, there are a few extra steps in the process. For instance, after the decay is completely removed and the tooth has been cleaned, the composite material will be applied in layers. Next, a curing light is used to harden each layer of filling material. Then, your dentist will remove any extra and shape and polish the filling.
We use a few different materials at The Dental Co. of Leesburg to fill cavities. Your dentist can fix decayed teeth with traditional silver amalgam, gold, porcelain, plastic, or composite resin fillings.
Several factors are considered to determine the best material to suit your needs. Your dentist will factor in the extent of decay, the location of the damage, filling cost, and aesthetic appeal. Based on your unique case, your dentist will make the decision with you.
The Dental Co. of Leesburg uses a local anesthetic to numb the treatment area. Using a special tool, the dentist will then the decayed portion of the tooth. Lastly, the dentist will inspect the tooth to make sure all the decayed or damaged enamel has been removed.
Fillings keep plaque and bacteria from building up inside the hole, which could lead to serious infections. Dental fillings also reinforce the structure of a weakened tooth, to prevent chipping, cracking, or breakage from trauma. Without a dental restoration, even minor decay could compromise the function and health of your teeth.
So, if you suspect you have a cavity and need a dental filling, contact The Dental Co. of Leesburg today to schedule.