restore Decayed Teeth
If you believe you have a cavity in Charlotte, immediate restorative care from Dr. Daniel Mark Hostrander at Horizon Dental is the best way to preserve your tooth. With a tooth-colored filling, Dr. Dan can restore the natural shape, appearance, and function of your smile. You can avoid further pain and discomfort, as well as complications like a tooth infection. Learn more below, or contact us now if you think you need a filling in Charlotte.
Of Composite fillings
We prefer to treat patients with composite fillings at Horizon Dental. This type of filling does not contain any metal, but is made from a blend of a special type of crushed glass and dental resin. It can be matched to the color of your tooth perfectly, providing you with a seamless dental restoration.
Additionally, composite fillings usually require less tooth preparation, and they bond very tightly to your natural enamel, so they help keep your tooth strong after placement. For these reasons, we recommend composite fillings to all patients at our office.
Do I need a Filling?
Signs of a decayed tooth
If you have a tooth that’s feeling sore and sensitive when you consume cold or hot foods or beverages, this could indicate a cavity. Your tooth may also feel tender when you chew, or when consuming very sugary drinks or foods.
If you have a more advanced cavity, you may even feel an intermittent toothache, even when you’re not eating. You should get treatment right away, because a deep cavity can easily progress into an infected tooth without a filling.
Understanding the process
of a dental filling
First, Dr. Dan will numb and clean your mouth to prepare you for treatment. You can also choose to be sedated during your appointment, if you wish. Then, Dr. Dan will use a dental drill to trim away damaged enamel from your cavity, exposing healthy enamel.
After the tooth has been prepared, he will select a composite resin that matches your teeth perfectly, and apply it to the cavity layer-by-layer to rebuild your tooth. Once the tooth’s shape has been restored, Dr. Dan will harden the resin with a UV light, and use a dental drill to make further adjustments and ensure the filling does not interfere with your bite.
Does It Hurt
To Get A Filling?
Not at all. The filling process is fast, simple, and minimally-invasive. Only a small amount of your tooth material must be removed to prepare for the filling. Dr. Dan will trim away the decayed enamel to make sure the filling bonds to your tooth properly, and to prevent future decay.
Throughout this process, your mouth will be numb. Dr. Dan will use numbing spray and injections to numb the nerves below your tooth and make sure that you don’t feel any pain. Not only that, but we offer sedation dentistry in Charlotte at Horizon Dental.
With sedation, you will be able to relax with nitrous oxide (laughing gas) or a deeper, pill-based form of sedation. Whichever you choose, you’ll feel safe and comfortable, and you won’t have to worry about any pain or discomfort during your treatment process.
How Long Do
Dental Fillings Last?
We offer composite fillings at Horizon Dental. These fillings usually have a lifespan of between 5-8 years, but it’s not unheard of for patients to keep their fillings for a decade or longer. The lifespan of your filling primarily depends on how well you care for your oral health.
To maintain your filling, the most important thing to do is to continue brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. This is because tooth decay near the filling is the #1 cause of early filling failure. As the tooth enamel around the filling decays, this will cause the filling to loosen and fail. Decay may even enter below the filling and cause further damage to the enamel.
Maintaining good oral hygiene helps you avoid tooth decay and keeps your filling and your tooth in good shape. In the same vein, it’s important to see Dr. Dan for a consultation every six months at Horizon Dental.
During your checkup, Dr. Dan can check on your filling and your natural tooth structure, take x-rays to look for hidden decay, and make sure you’ve got a clean bill of health. So make sure to come to Horizon Dental twice a year for routine teeth cleanings and oral exams.
What Do I Do
If I Chip A Filling?
Over time, fillings can break, chip, or even come loose from your tooth structure. This may happen gradually, or you may notice that your filling feels different after you bite a hard piece of food, or after you’ve been hit in the mouth in an accident.
If you think that your filling is chipped, broken, or loose, the first thing you should do is call Horizon Dental for a consultation with Dr. Dan. It can be hard to tell if your filling is damaged on your own, especially with tooth-colored fillings that look like natural enamel, so it’s best to see a dentist right away to get a diagnosis and see if the filling is damaged.
We will try our best to see you right away, and we offer emergency dentistry appointments for all of our patients in Charlotte. The good news is that, while a chipped filling is urgent, you can usually wait a day or two for treatment if you don’t have time to see the dentist immediately.
At your appointment, Dr. Dan will assess the damage. In most cases, he can simply remove the remaining filling material and then replace the filling. However, if the damage is extensive, you may need to get a dental crown instead of a replacement filling. Dr. Dan will give you more information after your appointment, and help you choose the right treatment for your unique situation.