You’re advised to brush and floss every day to keep your teeth clean. Failing to do so regularly allows plaque and food debris to build up on the tooth surfaces and along the gum line, potentially resulting in cavities. Hiremath Family Dentistry effectively treats cavities and restores your teeth to health in Oro Valley with dental fillings.
Bacteria live in the plaque that collects on your teeth, feeding on the sugars found there and producing harmful acids. These acids wear away at your teeth enamel and, if the plaque is not cleared away, they can eventually create a hole in your tooth (or teeth) called a cavity. If left untreated, the decay can worsen, spreading more deeply into the tooth and threatening the tooth pulp. To prevent this from happening, it’ll be recommended that you have the affected tooth treated with a filling.
A dental filling treatment removes the decay of the cavity and fills in the space with another material to restore function to the tooth. It restores the tooth to its former strength and protects it from additional damage. Fillings can be made from amalgam, cast gold, composite, porcelain, and glass lonomer. Each material has its own use and your dentist at Hiremath Family Dentistry will consider your specific needs when choosing the one for your filling.
Cavities are usually detected during a routine exam, and they are normally treated in the same appointment. They can be seen with the naked eye, but your dentist may take an x-ray to get a better idea of the extent of the tooth decay.
To fill in a tooth, the tooth will first be anesthetized. Your dentist will remove all traces of decay and thoroughly clean the tooth. The filling material will be applied in layers to help strengthen it. Each layer will be cured (hardened) with a special light before the next one is applied. Once all the layers have been placed, the filling material will be trimmed down to fit with your bite and polished to match the surrounding teeth.
At Hiremath Family Dentistry, we are dedicated to maintaining healthy teeth and gums in Oro Valley.