Fillings in Robinson Township
We do our best to help prevent cavities, but if a patient develops one, prompt treatment will stop the spread of the cavity before it can further damage the tooth. Thanks to modern tooth-colored composite resin fillings, we can repair your cavity without any permanent discoloration of your tooth.
Composite resin fillings can be shaded to perfectly match the natural color of your teeth, making your filling virtually invisible. No one will be able to see your filling! This makes composite resin fillings an excellent choice for teeth that are more visible, particularly those in the front.
Different types of fillings are appropriate in different situations, and Dr. Rupert will recommend the right type of filling to provide the best results. Amalgam dental filling have been used successfully for more than 100 years, and in some cases, it is the more appropriate option. Ultimately, the decision is always up to you!
Regular examinations help us catch cavities in their beginning stages; when they are small and easy to treat. Call our office today to schedule your check-up with Dr. Rupert!
What Should I Expect During The Filling Placement Process?
The process of having a filling placed at Robinson Township Smiles is simple and minimally-invasive. Using local numbing agents, Dr. Rupert will ensure that you feel absolutely no pain or discomfort. We also offer sedation to patients who may be nervous or feeling uncomfortable about their procedure.
First, Dr. Rupert will numb your mouth, then clean and disinfect the area where the filling will be placed. Next, the decayed portion of the tooth will be removed. After the weakened enamel is extracted, Dr. Rupert will clean the area again to ensure that there are no bacteria remaining on the surface of your tooth.
A mercury-amalgam filling or a resin composite filling will be used to replace the missing tooth structure. The filling will be molded and carved into the proper shape, to ensure that the tooth functions just like it did before the filling was placed.
Should I Choose A Composite Or Amalgam Filling?
Mercury-amalgam is a type of silver metal filling. These fillings have been used for decades and are usually the most affordable option for having a tooth filled. With proper care, these fillings can last for decades. However, they do have a grayish, unnatural appearance, which may impact the aesthetic appeal of your smile.
Composite fillings are made from a combination of special dental resin and crushed glass. These fillings can be matched to the color of your tooth, ensuring that, once your cavity is filled, your tooth looks completely natural. During your consultation, Dr. Rupert will give you more details about each option and help you determine which is best for you based on your needs and your budget.
Prevention Is The Best Medicine – Avoiding Cavities And Fillings
Tooth decay is preventable, though some patients are more prone to cavities than others. If you care for your teeth properly, you typically avoid restorative dentistry and fillings, as your teeth will remain strong and healthy. To ensure your teeth are healthy, we recommend:
Proper brushing and flossing – Make sure you’re brushing at least twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing once per day, to remove oral bacteria and keep your mouth healthy.
Get regular 6-month oral exams and cleanings – If you see your dentist regularly, you will be able to catch minor cavities before they require a filling, which will save you both time and money.
Preventive treatments – Fluoride treatments can help remineralize weakened teeth and treat minor cases of tooth decay. Dental sealants, which are made of a special type of plastic, can also be applied to the rear teeth, creating a barrier between the teeth and bacteria which prevents cavities from forming.