We do fillings for the whole family in Northwest Las Vegas, Nevada
Tooth decay is a common dental problem for people all over North America, and the world for that matter. Tooth decay can be caused by a number of factors including poor diet, medical conditions, and injury or illness. The most common way to treat tooth decay is to use fillings. Fillings are performed at dental offices on a regular basis and they are easier than ever to place on your teeth so that the decay doesn’t become worse, causing ongoing problems for your teeth.
How Does Tooth Decay Occur?
Tooth decay can happen to anyone. The most common cause of tooth decay is improper oral care. If you drink acidic beverages, or you eat acidic or sugary foods on a regular basis, you can wear away the enamel that protects your teeth, which can lead to tooth decay. In addition to acidic food and improper cleaning, grinding your teeth can also wear away the enamel on your teeth making you more susceptible to tooth decay over time. Your tooth starts to decay when plaque is not removed fast enough from your teeth and it turns into tartar, which is a hard sticky substance that starts to break down the enamel of your teeth. If left untreated, tartar buildup can cause cavities, as well as other serious conditions such as gingivitis or periodontal disease.
What are Fillings Made From?
Fillings aren’t as unsightly as they were years ago. Today’s composite fillings are made from materials that look and feel like your real teeth. Today’s fillings are frequently made from composite resin material that have been colored to look like your tooth’s natural color. Years ago, dentists used amalgam to cover cavities they discovered in patient’s teeth. Today, amalgam is still used, but not as widely as it once was.
What is Involved in Having Fillings Placed on Teeth?
When it comes to placing fillings on a patient’s teeth, Dr. Trobough will first assess the tooth and the level of decay by reviewing x-rays that have been taken. There are two types of fillings that are commonly used to treat larger cavities, known as inlay or onlay fillings. Inlay fillings simply fit on top of the tooth, and an onlay filling refers to placing a filling over the entire surface of the tooth. You’ll receive a local anesthetic in the area that is going to be treated, so you’ll remain comfortable during the procedure and shouldn’t feel any pain or discomfort. Fillings are quick and easy to perform and can be done right in our dental office in Summerlin. Once the procedure is complete, you’ll need to wait a few hours before eating or drinking, but otherwise you can get on with your day as usual.
What Happens if I Don’t Have Cavities Filled?
Some people go years without visiting a dentist. If you develop pain in your teeth or signs of gingivitis (bleeding or swollen gums) you might consider seeking the help of a dentist. If you leave your cavities untreated, they can continue to cause decay in your teeth, and the decay can become infected and spread to other teeth in your mouth. In addition, there is a known link between oral health and overall health, so ignoring your tooth pain and issues related to your teeth could lead to serious medical complications down the road.
Contact Us Today to Book an Appointment
Trobough Dental performs fillings on a regular basis, and we use the latest patient comfort techniques to ensure our patients have the best experience possible while having their teeth cared for and repaired. Call our office today to book an appointment. We are waiting to hear from you.