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Dental Fillings New Philadelphia, OH

Dental Fillings An Overview

white dental filling treatment for tooth decay new philadlephia ohTooth decay is a common dental concern that can occur in patients of any age. A bacterial infection of the tooth, dental caries are best treated early. Waiting to treat cavities will allow the disease to spread, leading to the need for a root canal or even a tooth extraction.

Tooth decay can often be prevented with improved oral hygiene and regular professional cleanings. Our dental care team can make personalized recommendations on the best techniques and products for keeping your teeth and gums healthy. Brushing twice a day for two full minutes and flossing and Waterpiking at least once a day are a good foundation for preventing tooth decay. However, even the most diligent brushers and flossers may still develop certain types of dental cavities through no fault of their own due to their dental anatomy.

Dental fillings are a routine dental procedure that can restore a tooth with damage caused by tooth decay. Dental fillings are completed in a single visit to our New Philadelphia, OH dentist office and patients are typically able to return to their daily routine immediately after treatment.

Metal Free Dental Fillings

Dr. Caleb Robinson uses only cosmetic white dental fillings for a beautiful, seamless result upon completed treatment of tooth decay. White, mercury-free dental fillings are color matched to blend with the tooth. Patients enjoy a more beautiful smile without compromising quality of care.

Patients who have old metal fillings, especially ones that are visible when they smile, may consider having their metal fillings replaced with white fillings. White fillings are highly durable and seal out bacteria which helps to prevent further decay while creating a more balanced and natural looking smile.

Dental Fillings What to Expect

Although cavities do not hurt in their early stages, when you have a developed, untreated cavity it can be a painful experience. Some patients may have difficulty eating or may experience sensitivity to a change in the temperature of foods. Seeking treatment as soon as possible, ideally before the cavity becomes painful or sensitive, can prevent the need for a root canal which is caused by the spread of infection into the inner pulp of the tooth.

Dr. Robinson will help patients to feel comfortable during their dental filling procedure. For most patients, a local anesthetic will be administered to numb the treatment area. Once the patient is relaxed and ready, treatment will begin.

Dr. Robinson will remove the decayed tooth structure using a special tool. The tooth is thoroughly cleaned and prepared for the dental filling material, called composite. The composite will be color matched to the tooth and placed onto the prepared tooth.

The dental filling will be cured using a special blue light. The light activates the hardening agent securing the filling in place. The dental filling is then polished to a natural shine.

Overcoming Dental Anxiety

If you avoid visiting the dentist due to dental anxiety, Dr. Robinson may recommend oral conscious sedation options. The use of oral sedation or nitrous oxide can help patients feel a deeper sense of relaxation while remaining alert and responsive during their treatment.

Many patients develop tooth decay because they do not attend their biannual dental checkups. Visting the dentist at least twice a year is the best preventative measure against developing dental decay.