Why not stick to the basics? A dental filling is a simple fix for cavities and chips. If your dental decay does not require a full crown, a filling may be the most efficient choice for you.
About 78% of patients have a cavity by the age of 17. A cavity is an infection of the tooth that is caused by harmful bacteria. Cavities should be treated before they grow larger and more dangerous. Untreated dental decay can lead to:
- Severe toothache
- Damaged tooth nerves
- Need for a root canal
- Sensitivity to hot or cold
- Permanent tooth loss
Dental decay has also been linked to heart disease, diabetes, and dementia. Cure your decay while it is easily treatable with a dental filling.
The Process of Filling a Tooth
The first step of the filling process is an x-ray. Dr. Seth Lookhart must determine the extent and location of the decay before treatment. When he is ready to begin the procedure, he will apply a local anesthesia to the area so that you won’t have to endure any discomfort.
Once you are comfortable, Dr. Seth Lookhart will remove the decayed area from the tooth. He will then etch the tooth with an acidic solution to prepare it for the filling. Finally, the filling will be bonded to the teeth with a translucent cement.
If you feel anxious about filling your cavity or chip, ask us about dental sedation. IV sedation or other methods can help you feel carefree about your procedure.
We are eager to restore your smile to complete health. Call us today to schedule your consultation or your filling procedure. Our staff will prioritize your comfort and preferences when you come to visit us. We are committed to giving you a great experience here at Clear Creek Dental!