Have you noticed that the form or function of one or more of your teeth has deteriorated? A cavity, a crack, or destruction due to teeth grinding might be responsible. A filling may be required to restore your teeth back to where they should be. Visit John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA in West Palm Beach to see if this is a good option for you. If your dentist determines the procedure will be beneficial, they will perform your filling at John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA.
The dentist will first numb the patient by injecting local anesthesia. Depending on which is deemed most appropriate for the particular procedure, the dentist will employ a drill, laser, or air abrasion instrument to remove the decayed part of the tooth. Once they have ensured all the decayed matter has been removed, the dentist will line the cavity if necessary, then apply the filling. Once the filling is in place it will be shaped and polished to complete the procedure.
There are multiple options for fillings, each with their own set of costs and benefits. Gold fillings will last a long time, are very strong, and sparkle in the sun, but are most expensive. Amalgamations including silver are strong and durable as well, but extra space may need to be cleared for their placement, which will require additional work. Composite fillings may be preferred over cheaper, more durable, and quicker to apply amalgam fillings for the simple aesthetic reason that they match the natural tooth color.
If enough of the tooth has decayed, and there is not enough structural integrity left to hold a standard filling, but there is enough structure so a crown is not necessary, then the dentist may decide an indirect filling is optimal. Since a mold must be taken and sent to a lab for an indirect filling to be formed, a temporary filling must be put in place. Once the dentist receives the permanent indirect filling, they will cement it into place.
Visit John S. Ledakis, DDS, PA in West Palm Beach to find out more about getting a filling. If you are concerned you might have a cavity, do not wait to see a dentist. Decay may worsen over time, causing the restoration process to increase in difficulty.