When your dentist takes x-rays of your teeth and finds signs of tooth decay, then you may be recommended to have a dental filling North Las Vegas. Cavities are generally the first visible sign of tooth decay on any tooth. When a cavity occurs, your tooth must have the decayed material replaced with a filling in order to prevent further deterioration.
It’s important to understand that not all cavities begin with pain. Often, a dentist is able to detect a cavity before any amount of pain sets in. This is why it is recommended to visit your dentist twice a year: to allow more time for your teeth to be examined for abnormalities.
Patients who have pain that may stem from a cavity will experience any of these symptoms:
A dental filling North Las Vegas can be chosen based on your preferences.
Silver (Amalgam) Fillings – These are a popular choice simply because they are the cheapest option, get the job done, and last a long-time. However, they do not look as appealing as other options.
Composite Resin – This material often receives our recommendation as they are made using a better material, strong enough to handle tough foods, last awhile, and most importantly – resemble your natural tooth color. With these fillings, people will be unaware that you even had a dental filling.
Other types of fillings include porcelain and gold. These fillings are typically priced higher than the other two listed, but have their unique advantages. Porcelain is more resistant to tooth stains, while gold is highly durable and strong. The downside to gold fillings are that they’re priced very high.
Dental fillings only require one appointment with an experienced dentist to complete the procedure. Your dentist will first numb the area where a shot will be given to numb the site of your decayed tooth. An advanced tool is then used to remove any decayed material, which is then carefully fitted with the material of your choice: silver, composite resin, etc. Afterwards, polishing or shaping is performed to help it feel correct on your bite. The whole procedure ranges anywhere from 15 minutes to about 45 minutes.
Dental fillings offer more than just filling cavities; they can also be used to correctly fix small cracks, chips, large spacing, and noticeable wear and tear (i.e. grinding your teeth). Composite resin fillings are used for these scenarios, as this material does not require the space needed that other materials require. Composite resin can also be matched perfectly to the color of your natural tooth for better aesthetics.
The next time you need a dental filling North Las Vegas, be sure to have your dentist fill you in on your options. If you have any other questions or concerns, or if you want to set up an appointment with our dentist, then please call our office @ (702) 803-1810 or contact us online.