A dental filling is one of the most common dental treatments in use today. It can serve both restorative and cosmetic purposes and play an important role in the maintenance of long term oral health. Dr. Pamela Cain places dental fillings to repair damaged teeth or address tooth decay. Although there are a range of materials that can be used for a dental filling, we recommend the use of composite resin or porcelain when placing an inlay or onlay.
Benefits of White Fillings:
- Durable result that can be made to blend with your natural smile
- Creates a tight seal around the tooth which greatly reduces the risk of future damage or decay.
- Can improve the aesthetics of your smile with custom color matching
Dr. Cain can replace old, dark fillings with a composite white filling for a smile makeover that will also improve your oral health.
Dental Fillings: What To Expect
A dental filling is typically completed during a single visit to our Knoxville, TN dentist office with the use of a local anesthetic for your comfort. If you suffer from dental anxiety, you can elect to have a sedation dentistry treatment to ease the process. Most dental fillings are quick and cause minimal discomfort for patients.
Dr. Cain will begin the process by numbing the area, then removing the decayed part of the tooth to be treated. A color matched composite resin will be placed on the tooth and sculpted for a natural look and comfortable smile. The resin will be sealed and polished for a lasting result.
How to prevent cavities:
- Brush your teeth at least twice a day using fluoride toothpaste
- Floss daily to prevent cavities from forming between teeth
- Maintain a healthy diet, drink plenty of water and limit sugary snacks and soda
- Visit the dentist at least twice a year for professional teeth cleanings and exams
Each person may experience different tooth cavity symptoms. In the early stages of tooth cavity formation, there may be no symptoms. A dentist, however is likely to see signs of early tooth decay and help to prevent the cavity from forming or getting worse.
As the tooth cavity gets larger, you may experience symptoms such as toothache, tooth sensitivity, pain when eating hot or cold foods and beverages, visible holes in teeth, or pus around the tooth and gums.
Inlays & Onlays
For larger areas to be treated or when replacing old or damaged fillings, inlays and onlays are often recommended for the best result. Also known as “partial crowns”, these restorations may require a couple of visits to our Knoxville dentist office. Using high quality ceramic materials, Dr. Cain will restore your tooth to strengthen it and prevent future damage or even loss.