Dental Fillings at Bright Choice Dental

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What Are Dental Fillings?

A dental filling is a restoration that is specifically used to fill in an area of one or more teeth that have become decayed. Dental decay, known as a cavity, can infiltrate a tooth and cause it to become weak. Over time, the decay essentially eats into the tooth to reach the inner pulp. Before the decay is allowed to get to this point, it’s removed and replaced with a tooth-colored composite resin filling.

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Why might Dental Fillings be needed?

If you ignore a cavity long enough, the tooth will require a full root canal. This can cause the tooth to become weakened over time. In order to essentially protect the tooth and get rid of the underlying decay, we recommend having a filling placed. Fillings are simple restorations that can be matched to the color of your existing smile.

Who is the ideal candidate for Dental Fillings?

In many cases, you won’t know you have a cavity until you come in for an exam. During the exam, we use a special instrument to look for dark areas or soft spots in a tooth. X-rays further help us in identifying these trouble areas. If you have a cavity, it’s recommended that it be filled sooner rather than later.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE DENTAL FILLING PROCESS?

We first numb the area of the mouth needing the filling. The decay is removed from the tooth completely. The next step is to prep the tooth for the new composite filling. We do this by applying an etching gel into the small hole, washing it away and then packing the hole with resin. The resin is cured and hardened with a special dental light. We can place multiple fillings in the same area, and we recommend coming in for treatment as soon as it’s found that you have a cavity.

INLAYS AND ONLAYS

WHAT ARE INLAYS AND ONLAYS?

Both an inlay and onlay are restorations that can help to improve the look and feel of an otherwise damaged or compromised tooth. The restoration can be used to cover a tooth that has cracked or broken or to replace old fillings. They are typically made of porcelain, which allows them to look both natural and realistic. The benefit of both onlays and inlays is that they can last for many years without needing to be replaced.

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WHY WOULD INLAYS AND ONLAYS BE NEEDED?

There are a couple of reasons for why you might need to have either an inlay or an onlay placed. Your tooth might have cracked or broken across the very top of it. Rather than place a full dental crown, a smaller restoration will be perfect for the area. Likewise, we might recommend an onlay or inlay if you have a larger, older filling that needs to be completely replaced.

WHO IS A CANDIDATE FOR INLAYS AND ONLAYS?

With an examination, we can determine if either of these restorations is best for you. The restoration is made for each individual patient, so it fits and feels completely comfortable. You can think of these restorations as smaller crowns, since they look and last as long as larger options. Inlays sit inside the grooves of a tooth while the onlay sits over the very top.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING THE PROCEDURE FOR INLAYS AND ONLAYS?

The process begins by removing decay, old filling material and smoothing out areas that are broken or cracked. We then take impressions of your teeth so that we can make the new restoration. You will come back in for a second appointment. This second visit involves placing the actual inlay or onlay. The restoration is smoothed into place and polished before you leave the office. You can benefit from a gorgeous new tooth that will improve the overall look of your smile.

What Bright Choice Dental Patients Are Saying

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Leonard S.

Very considerate care in my procedure. I was a little anxious but Dr. G made me feel more comfortable and at ease.

John A.

It was great. The staff was polite and very helpful and the dentist explained what she had to do and she was gentle doing her work with no pain. I called them and explained my problem of an old filling falling out and they fit me into their schedule the same day.

Kym H.

Dr. G and staff made me feel so comfortable! Alexis was the best! Restored my faith in Dentist!! Will be returning !!

Stephen M.

Quick and easy to set up an appointment. Found a cavity during an appointment and was able to get in the next morning to get it taken care of before leaving town. Very helpful and professional staff.

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