Identifying and addressing cavities early on can prevent the need for more complex and costly dental procedures.
Once a tooth has a cavity, the decay will continue to spread unless the decayed area is removed and the tooth is properly restored. Leaving cavities untreated can lead to the need for more significant restorative procedures such as crowns, bridges, root canals, or dental implants. When a cavity is found early enough, the tooth can be restored with a filling.
We utilize tooth-colored composite material for fillings. The composite material blends in with the natural tooth and are less noticeable. It is also not affected by heat and cold (as with a metal filling) so you are less likely to experience temperature-related sensitivity.
Composite fillings are also a better choice than amalgam fillings because they do not utilize mercury, which was present in metal fillings. Many of our patients choose to have their older amalgam fillings replaced with tooth-colored fillings for this reason.