Do you think you have a cavity? Sometimes you may not always know if you need one. A tooth may not always have visible decay, cracks or experience sensitivity need of a dental filling. Seeing your dentist for routine x-rays and preventative visits will help detect if you have any cavities. Fluoride, dental sealants and keeping bacteria in your mouth at bay will help prevent future decay that cause cavities. Brushing your teeth after each meal, flossing and drinking plenty of water will help keep your mouth healthy as well as avoiding high sugar foods and acidic drinks.
Bacteria can eat away at the enamel or enter through a crack in the tooth. A dental composite filling will seal the area and most often is all that is needed to repair a small crack, chipped tooth or one that has decayed. A composite (tooth colored) filling will look very natural and, in most cases, you would not be able to tell where it was filled.
Our doctors at West Morris Dental believe in having a gentle touch to help ensure you have a great dental experience. Our team will offer you complimentary nitrous oxide (laughing gas) to help relax you before and during your visit. After your dental filling, you will be relieved how quickly the procedure was and will be pleased to see you cannot tell which tooth was repaired. Your tooth could be sensitive to hot and cold foods for a few days following the procedure.
How long will your dental composite filling last? It depends how much natural tooth structure is left, if you are prone to excessive tooth grinding or if decay or infection spreads to other areas of the tooth, West Morris Dental will guarantee to replace or repair the filling for one year. If the tooth breaks and requires a crown, we will credit the cost of the filling towards the crown. You must keep the prescribed regular recall appointments, or our warranty is null and void. Most recommended preventative care is at a minimum of every six months.