What Are My Filling Options?

When a cavity forms, you need treatment to protect your smile and avoid infection. In order to treat smiles in independence, MO, with cavities, we may suggest a filling. Let’s look at the different options available for placing fillings and safeguarding smiles of all ages!

The Causes and Dangers of Tooth Decay

A cavity forms when the protective layer of outer tooth enamel becomes compromised. Enamel may erode due to poor oral hygiene, or become damaged in an injury. Once bacteria can bypass the enamel and reach the dentin, a cavity forms that will continue to grow and spread unless treated. Over time, patients may develop tooth sensitivity and toothaches and eventually, an infection. However, by addressing your cavities early you can avoid these serious complications.

Placing a Filling

A filling involves removing decay and cleaning the tooth. We then prepare the material and place it on the tooth. We cure the material and polish the tooth for a more natural appearance. In one visit, we will help improve the function and appearance of your tooth, preventing infection and safeguarding your overall oral health.

What Materials Will You Use?

We actually use several different options for our fillings. Often, we use a metal-free material known as composite resin, which looks completely natural. Glass ionomer looks lifelike and is often reserved for front facing teeth. We also have bioactive cement to help patients with a slow rate of tooth decay, as the material stimulates the restoration of a tooth. Finally, we may opt for hydroxyapatite, which restores the health and function of the teeth. The material we use will depend on the location and extent of your cavities. If you have any questions about treating tooth decay, or if you have an aching tooth that needs attention, then contact our team today.

Do You Need Cavity Treatment?

We have a number of options or treating cavities and restoring your smile. For more information, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.