Cavities happen to almost everybody. The Centers for Disease Control estimate that nearly 91% of Americans have cavities in their permanent teeth. If you think that you might be suffering from a cavity, schedule an appointment with Charley Cheney, DMD, at Fayette Dental Group located in Fayetteville, Georgia. Dr. Cheney is an expert at using dental fillings to repair and restore your teeth suffering from cavities. To learn more, schedule an appointment today by calling the office or booking online.
A dental filling allows Dr. Cheney to restore a tooth that’s formed cavities due to decay. Dr. Cheney removes all of the decayed material in your tooth and fills it with a material that hardens inside the hole. The filling seals up the cavity and prevents any bacteria from getting inside and causing further decay.
Dr. Cheney offers a number of different filling types to best suit your particular needs and preferences. When choosing a filling material, Dr. Cheney takes into account the location of the decayed tooth, the extent of the decay, any allergies you might have, and cost. Some materials used for fillings include:
Silver fillings are incredibly durable and relatively inexpensive, but they’re very noticeable, making them best suited for fillings in teeth that aren’t visible.
Gold fillings are expensive and require multiple visits to place, but they are long-lasting and tolerated well by your gum tissues.
Composites can be made to match the color of your teeth, which makes them a popular choice for fillings in the visible portion of your mouth. The downside of composites is that they can chip and wear over time, making them not particularly well-suited to large fillings.
Porcelain fillings are a little more expensive than most other filling materials, but they can be matched to the color of your teeth and are highly resistant to staining.
Dr. Cheney can complete your filling in a quick and easy procedure that only requires one office visit.
He first injects the tissue around your tooth with a local anesthetic. Once your tooth is numb, he removes all of the decay with a drill, an air abrasion instrument, or a laser.
With your tooth now free of decay, he cleans out the cavity to eliminate any remaining debris or bacteria and then seals it up with the filling material. Some filling types need to be cured with a special light in order to harden, which only takes a few minutes.
After the filling has hardened, your tooth will be back in good health.
Don’t wait to treat your tooth decay. Book an appointment with Dr. Cheney today by calling the Fayette Dental Group office or scheduling online.