While the incidence of tooth decay has decreased over the years due to improved use of cavities with natural tooth colored fillings at their practice in the Richmond District of San Francisco, CA.
Yes, dentists can use a composite filling to repair a tooth that is affected by decay, cracks, or fractures. The composite material used to “fill” the tooth is tooth colored so it blends into the treated tooth and its neighbors. The decayed or affected portion of the tooth will be removed and then filled with a composite filling. Dentists and their patients have a wide variety of materials available to choose from when a cavity is treated with a filling. Composite fillings are rising in popularity for their aesthetics as well as their versatility. Composites are also used to repair chipped or broken teeth and can be used to close gaps between worn teeth. Composites also chemically bond directly to the tooth structure, which provides additional support. Composite and silver amalgam are the most widely used filling materials, but gold, porcelain, or tooth-colored plastic can be used. Silver amalgam consists of mercury combined with silver, zinc, tin and copper.
The dentist will use modern pain management techniques to minimize any discomfort. For example, the dentist will thoroughly numb the tooth and surrounding areas before beginning the treatment for a cavity. While a patient may experience some sensation or pressure, the procedure should not cause any serious pain. Some patients experience tenderness or temperature sensitivity following the treatment, but nothing that can’t be treated with over the counter pain killers and by taking an element of care with hot or cold foods and beverages.
Twice daily brushing and flossing is still best practice for taking care of your teeth and gums, as well as making regular visits to your dentist. If you have any rough or sharp edges on the teeth or increased sensitivity, schedule an appointment for a checkup as soon as possible. If an existing filling is cracked it could be allowing debris and saliva to seep into the tooth, which can lead to further decay and require more invasive treatment.
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