Find out how a filling can help rebuild a tooth after decay.
Did you find out from our Clifton, NJ, dentist Dr. Toan Bui that you have a cavity? If so, you may be a little nervous about having the cavity treated, but it’s really nothing to worry about.
Unfortunately, cavities happen all the time but luckily for you, the tooth filling procedure is simple, easy and painless. Even if you suspect that you might have a cavity but haven't visited the dentist, it’s a good idea to do so as soon as possible. If you are experiencing a sudden toothache or tooth sensitivity, or if you notice a brown or black spot on your tooth then it’s time to give your Clifton, NJ, general dentist a call.
It’s important that you don’t just ignore decay, as the problem will not go away or heal on its own. In fact, if you leave cavities untreated the decay can continue to spread until it reaches the inside of the tooth, where you will then need root canal therapy. So, as you can see, the sooner you take care of matters the better.
Before we remove the decay we will want to make sure you are comfortable. This involves applying a local anesthesia to the gums surrounding the tooth. While the enamel itself doesn’t contain nerves, some patients can experience some sensitivity during drilling; however, local anesthesia is designed to limit these sensations or any discomfort.
Once the area is completely numb, we will begin to remove the decay from the tooth. Once the decay has been removed our goal is to rebuild the tooth. After all, whenever enamel has been removed it does weaken the tooth, so we must apply a durable material to these areas to restore appearance and strength.
The best way to do this is with tooth-colored fillings. The most commonly used material is composite resin, which we match to the color of your tooth so that when it’s applied you don’t even notice it. The composite resin is also malleable, making it easy to shape and contour over these areas. Tooth-colored fillings are applied in layers. Once a layer is placed it is shaped and hardened before a new layer is then applied. This will continue until the tooth is fully restored.
Whether you are dealing with a toothache or you have questions about your upcoming treatment, don’t hesitate to call Dr. Toan Bui in Clifton, NJ, if you need to schedule an immediate appointment or if you have questions or concerns. We are always here to help.