Dental fillings restore damaged teeth and make them strong again. When teeth are damaged due to injury, infection or decay, they are often too weak and sensitive to perform normal biting and chewing functions. Dental fillings strengthen teeth and restore function. Dr. James Murphy, the skilled dentist at Proven Dental in Waukesha, WI, can restore your damaged teeth with dental fillings.
Signs You Need a Dental Filling
Teeth with cavities caused by decay should be treated as soon as possible to prevent the decay from spreading to other areas. Left untreated, decay can spread throughout the tooth and damage the tooth to the point of needing root canal therapy or extraction. Removing damaged and decayed tissue early on and sealing the tooth with dental filling restores the tooth and prevents further decay.
Signs your tooth is damaged by decay and needs a dental filling include:
- A persistent toothache
- Visible holes in the tooth
- Pain when biting into food
- Changes in the color of the tooth
- Sensitivity to hot and cold items
- Sensitivity to sweet items
Getting a Dental Filling
The experienced dentist at our Waukesha, WI, dental office can determine if your tooth needs a filling. The process of restoring damaged teeth with dental fillings involves a few simple steps. Local anesthesia is administered first to numb the area being treated. Then a small hole is drilled in the tooth so the damaged tissue can be removed. After removing all signs of decay, the empty cavity in the tooth is thoroughly cleaned and disinfected. Finally, a dental filling is applied to fill in the cavity and seal the tooth.
Types of Dental Fillings
Tooth-colored fillings are the discreet alternative to metal dental fillings. Tooth-colored fillings can be made from a porcelain, glass ionomer or a composite mixture of plastic and glass. All three types of tooth-colored fillings are unnoticeable and readily blend in with the surrounding teeth. In addition to being extremely discreet, another advantage of tooth-colored fillings is that they usually require less tooth preparation and fewer undercuts so more of the natural tooth structure is preserved. Dr. Murphy can help you select the right type of fillings for you.
Dental fillings restore damaged teeth so normal function can resume. If you need a filling, the exceptional dentist at our office in Waukesha, WI, can help. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Murphy, call Proven Dental at (262) 650-3000.