Cavities are caused by tooth decay that leaves small holes your tooth’s enamel, which can lead to more discomfort and infection if you put off a simple trip to the dentist for help. Cavities can be stopped when your dentist removes the decay and seals the hole with a dental filling.
Your dentist at ADG will look for brown or black spots on your teeth and use X-rays to better examine any suspicious spots. When needed, your dentist will fill problem cavities right away because a bigger, unfilled cavity can lead to tooth loss.
If you already have fillings, the dentist will check for broken or loose ones that will need replacing to prevent further damage and discomfort.
What Is a Filling?
Several kinds of fillings are available, with many dentists offering metal and tooth coloured. Your dentist can directly fill your cavity by using a local anesthetic, removing the tooth decay, and shaping and filling the hole. Most of the time, you can have a direct filling with just one dental appointment.
Most metal fillings used in Canada today are made of metal amalgam, but other metal fillings are used according to a patient’s dental needs.
Your dentist may also use a white, tooth-coloured filling made of a resin or plastic material. These fillings are popular because they help keep your smile looking natural. Resin compounds also bind to teeth with a tight seal that helps create a stronger tooth.
Has it been a while since your last checkup? Having sensitivity in a tooth? Call ADG to schedule a cavity check or get a dental filling in Winnipeg today.