What Are Dental Fillings?
Unlike the rest of the body, your teeth can’t heal themselves if they’re decayed or damaged. Dental fillings are materials we use to repair cavities, restoring your healthy, functional smile. We also use fillings, in some cases, to restore chipped, fractured, or worn teeth.
Laser Dentistry for Cavity Repair
At Heather Ridge Laser Dentistry, getting a cavity repaired using a dental filling is a unique experience. Dr. Nallasamy will remove the decayed portions of the tooth and prepare it for filling with a tooth-colored material using laser dentistry instead of a drill. The laser is so precise that it can vaporize the decayed portions of the tooth while leaving the surrounding healthy tooth structure intact. Moreover, the laser sterilizes the area, eliminating the infection and reducing the chances of future decay.
One of the most significant advantages of our laser treatment options for cavity removal is that the procedure is virtually painless, almost like a cold burst of air. It’s so gentle that most of our patients don’t even need a local anesthetic to numb the area! With laser dentistry, we can repair several cavities in one appointment!
The Solea Laser vaporizes tissues using light, without any contact, whether we’re treating gum, tooth, or bone. It utilizes a wavelength of light delivered in thousands of pulses per second, which provides an analgesic effect, minimizing the need for local anesthetics. The Solea experience is incredibly unique, allowing you and your family members to enjoy comfortable and effective dental care.
Why Repair a Decayed Tooth?
Dental decay left untreated will continue to progress, leading to further deterioration of the tooth structure. Deep or extensive decay can lead to complications, requiring involved treatments, such as root canal therapy down the road. In some cases, the damage is beyond repair, leaving us with no option but to extract the affected tooth, which may require a replacement option, such as a dental implant, bridge, or partial denture.
Why Choose Tooth-Colored Fillings?
In the past, dental amalgam was the only type of cavity filling available. While the material is durable, the silver color can interfere with your smile. Moreover, silver amalgam fillings can cause fractures and cracks in the tooth structure over time.
At Heather Ridge Laser dentistry, we offer dental fillings made of a composite resin material that matches the color and shade of your natural tooth enamel, with incredibly natural-looking results. Tooth-colored fillings have come a long way, with today’s modern restorations stronger and more durable than ever before. Once in place, your dental filling will fortify your tooth structure, prevent further decay, and restore your seamless smile.
How Can You Prevent the Need for Dental Fillings?
The best way to keep your smile healthy is to maintain proper oral hygiene practices. Make sure you brush and floss regularly and visit Heather Ridge Laser Dentistry for your routine dental exams and cleanings. Caring for your oral health will lower your risk of developing tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease.