If you have a cavity in Carmel Valley, Dr. Lindsay Bancroft is here to help with affordable, fast, and minimally-invasive dental fillings. At Carmel Valley Dental, we can provide you with the treatment you need to restore your smile and prevent any further complications. Learn more about fillings below, or contact us now to schedule an appointment.
Expert Cavity Treatment
With Composite & Amalgam Fillings
We offer both composite and amalgam fillings at our office. Composite fillings are made from a blend of crushed glass and tooth-colored dental resin. They look and feel just like a natural part of your tooth and require the removal of less enamel material. Composite fillings are typically used to restore front teeth, as they ensure your smile remains beautiful.
Amalgam fillings are made from a blend of metals including tin, copper, silver, and mercury. They are very durable and hold up well to the forces of chewing, but have a silver-gray color that can discolor the tooth. For these reasons, they’re typically recommended for restoring cavities in the rear teeth, such as the molars.
The Importance of Early Treatment
With Dental Fillings
If you suspect that you have a cavity, it’s a good idea to schedule an appointment at our office right away. Signs of cavities include sensitivity to hot and cold foods and drinks, and sensitivity to sugary foods and drinks. Your tooth may also ache when you chew and bite down on food.
If you fill your cavity right away, you can save time and money by avoiding more costly treatments like root canal therapy and dental crowns. You’ll also avoid further complications. A cavity that’s left untreated can cause a tooth infection, which can cause tooth loss if you don’t get help from Dr. Bancroft in time.
What to expect
From the Dental Filling Process
The process begins with a comprehensive teeth cleaning. Then, Dr. Bancroft will numb the treatment area. You can also be sedated for your comfort. Once your mouth is numb, Dr. Bancroft will trim away the damaged and decayed enamel to make room for the filling material.
Once your tooth has been prepared, Dr. Bancroft will apply a composite or metal-amalgam filling material to the tooth, and use dental tools to reshape it and replace the enamel that was removed when your tooth was trimmed.
When the overall shape looks right, the filling will be hardened, and Dr. Bancroft will refine its shape further with a dental drill. Then, she will check your bite to ensure the filling fits perfectly. Once everything looks perfect, she will clean and polish the filled tooth a final time, completing the procedure.
Keeping your tooth healthy
Caring for your new filling
Fillings don’t require any special care beyond regular brushing and flossing. To keep your tooth healthy, you should make sure you brush twice a day for two minutes, and floss once per day. In addition, make sure that you come into Carmel Valley Dental every six months for a teeth cleaning and oral exam.