Dental Fillings: An Overview
Tooth decay is a common dental ailment that often seen by dentists. It commonly leads to tooth pain and can affect people of any age. Tooth decay occurs when plaque has built up on your teeth and the enamel on your teeth begins to erode. Unfortunately, this is a widespread dental problem especially among children and adolescents due to bad oral hygiene habits.
Dental fillings are the standard in repairing tooth decay. Most patients will receive a tooth filling to address tooth decay at some point in their life. For mild to moderate decay, dental fillings are used to restore the health and integrity of the tooth structure.
Composite resin dental fillings can be color-matched to blend naturally with your tooth. Composite fillings are highly durable and proper oral hygiene can last for many years. Composite resin fillings can also be used to replace old metal fillings. Patients who have metal fillings, particularly in the “Smile-zone” may choose to replace them will white dental fillings for a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Dr. Ali Sarkarzadeh offers composite resin and inlay and onlays for the treatment of tooth decay. Tooth decay is a common dental health concern that will affect most patients at some point during their life. Early diagnosis allows for conservative treatment saving patients time, money, and stress. Regularly schedule bi-annual dental checkups, and routine dental cleanings can help prevent tooth decay.
Dental Fillings What to Expect
Dr. Sarkarzadeh can typically complete a dental filling treatment in just one visit to our Rockville, MD dentist office. Although many patients become slightly anxious at the thought of a dental filling, most experience little to no discomfort during their treatment.
Dr. Sarkarzadeh will begin treatment by administering a local anesthetic for your comfort. Once you are comfortable and numb, he will begin removing the decayed tissue from the tooth. Once all diseased material has been removed, the tooth will be thoroughly cleaned and prepared for filling. The filling material of choice will be applied to the tooth and permanently bonded. This will provide you a natural-looking and comfortable surface for normal chewing and speaking. Your tooth filling should last for many years with good oral hygiene and routine dental care.
The goal of dental fillings is to protect the tooth from any further damage and preserve the natural tooth to support your long term oral health. Dental fillings can also be used to repair chipped, fractured, or worn teeth. If tooth decay is ignored, it will progress into a larger problem and a filling will not be able to fix it. Dental fillings are necessary to treat decay to avoid needing a dental crown, a root canal, or even a tooth extraction.
Preventing tooth decay starts at home with good oral hygiene habits. Good daily oral hygiene and routine dentist appointments are the keys to minimizing your risk of tooth decay, thus minimizing your risk of needing a tooth filling, and can provide the foundation for lifelong dental health.