Dr. Kenneth Nash provides both tooth-colored and traditional silver amalgam fillings to restore teeth following cavity treatment. Tooth decay treatment results in a void in the tooth surface, which must be restored with a filling. Dr. Nash can recommend the right kind of dental filling for your needs during a consultation at his Vicksburg, MS, office.
Tooth decay can affect even those who brush and floss diligently, but fortunately, there is a simple solution for treating this common condition.
Even with the most careful brushing, flossing, and rinsing, a cavity – an area of decayed tissue – can sometimes develop. Professional cavity treatment can curb the decay, avoiding the eventual need for a root canal or tooth extraction.
Dr. Nash offers two types of filling material for our patients: traditional silver amalgam and tooth-colored composite resin. Both are effective, but some patients prefer tooth-colored fillings because they provide a natural-looking restoration. Amalgam fillings, on the other hand, are dark in color, and many patients feel that they detract from the aesthetics of their smile. During your consultation, Dr. Nash will help you determine which kind of filling is best for your needs.
From children to senior citizens, most patients find the filling procedure simple and comfortable. If a cavity is too large or too deep, or if your tooth has a crack, Dr. Nash may recommend a dental crown.
As Dr. Nash performs your regular six-month checkup, he will check all of your teeth for cavities. In some cases, the decay is in a very early stage, and you have may not have seen it or noticed any pain.
Before placing a filling, Dr. Nash will administer a local anesthetic to ensure your comfort throughout the procedure. Once the area around your tooth is numb, Dr. Nash will use our WATERLASE® dental laser to remove all decay and bacteria before sterilizing the cavity. After the area is completely clean, Dr. Nash will apply custom-tinted composite resin or silver amalgam. The time it takes to place a filling depends on the extent of the decay, location of the tooth, and complexity of your case. Usually, a filling takes only a few moments. Multiple fillings will take longer.
You may experience some sensitivity to heat, cold, and pressure immediately after treatment. This should subside over the next day. Some patients experience no discomfort following treatment. It is important to practice good oral health habits to maintain the filling by brushing and flossing daily.
Tooth decay can affect even those who brush and floss diligently, but fortunately, there is a simple solution for treating this common condition. Dr. Nash believes in administering conservative treatment whenever possible, and dental fillings are a time-tested solution that can help you avoid more serious complications in the future. If you are suffering with symptoms of tooth decay, or if you do not have an established schedule of regular checkups with an excellent dentist, please contact us today.
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