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Tooth decay is a bacterial infection that causes erosion and deterioration of your enamel. Left untreated, cavities can rapidly expand into the surrounding tooth structure and adjacent teeth. It’s best to repair the infection early before it reaches the nerve and causes an abscess. Dental fillings in Santa Rosa with our office are tooth-colored fillings so they blend in seamlessly with the rest of your teeth.
Treatment for cavities involves physically cleaning out the decay and then restoring the area with a small filling.
Do I Have a Cavity?
Tooth decay isn’t always symptomatic. Although pain and sensitivity occur from time to time, other warning signs include:
- Rough edges
- Food catching between teeth
- Floss shredding at certain areas
- Darkening in your enamel
- Sweets sensitivity
Not all cavities are visible to the naked eye. A high-resolution 3D X-ray allows us to see into the tooth and determine the extent of damage that has taken place. Depending on how far the decay has reached into the tooth, a small filling, dental crown, or root canal therapy will be required. The earlier decay is intercepted, the smaller and less invasive the restorative process is.
Mercury-Free Dental Fillings
Unlike the metal fillings used in decades past, Dr. Sutton only uses mercury-free composite materials. Mercury-free fillings are also most commonly known as tooth-colored fillings or all white dental fillings. Composite tooth-colored fillings aren’t just more aesthetically pleasing, they are also less invasive and less toxic to the patient. The material naturally bonds to the porous texture of enamel, allowing for minimally invasive restorations. As a result, less healthy tooth structure is altered during the treatment process, giving you a minimally invasive restorative option.
Preventing Tooth Decay
Cavities are most often preventable through dedicated home care and routine screenings. The earliest signs of enamel demineralization can be reversible with fluoride therapy. But left unnoticed, the etching and bacterial erosion can permanently destroy the outer layers of enamel. That’s why we incorporate routine screening X-rays into regular checkups.
Dental Filling Procedure
Dental filling appointments are straightforward and comfortable. If you feel anxious or need additional relaxation options, you’ll be thrilled to learn that Dr. Sutton is a licensed oral conscious sedation provider. Before working on the tooth, we’ll thoroughly numb the area with local anesthetic. A shade guide allows us to measure the precise color of your enamel, matching the composite so that it blends in with your tooth.
Once your tooth is completely anesthetized, Dr. Sutton will clean out the decay and gently prep the immediate area around it. The composite is then shaped into the tooth by hand, physically recreating the structure of that tooth. After it’s placed, the composite is cured with a bright light to harden it into place.
minimally Invasive Dentistry
Although skilled in full mouth rehabilitation and restoration, Dr. Sutton stresses the importance of intercepting dental concerns when they’re small. Our dental fillings allow us to do just that.
For healthier teeth and cosmetic-friendly restorative care, and tooth-colored fillings in Santa Rosa contact our trusted team.
(All photos of actual patients)