Cavities can be painful, and if they aren’t repaired, they can lead to infections and even the loss of the tooth. If your dentist discovers one, she'll recommend treating it right away.
Anyone can get a cavity, even people who brush and floss and visit the dentist regularly, so don’t feel bad. Just get it fixed!
The basic procedure for filling a cavity. We will:
- We’ll make you as comfortable as possible.
- Numb the area around the tooth so it won’t hurt. If you feel any pain after the area is numbed, let your dentist know. You may need more medication.
- We’ll remove the decayed parts of the tooth.
- Clean all the surfaces.
- Fill the area to create a lasting repair to your tooth.
Silver? Gold? Tooth-colored? What’s the right filling?
These days you can have fillings made of gold, porcelain, silver-amalgam or plastic resins. Studies have shown that each method is safe, effective and can last up to 15 years.
Your dentist will explain the pros and cons of each filling material, and our staff will research your insurance coverage so that you can make the best choice for you.