When a cavity forms, it is important that your dentist address the damage done to your tooth. Unfortunately, the matter is not something that you can recover from on your own – without treatment, the harm done is permanent. Fortunately, the matter can be treated without causing a problem for the condition or appearance of your tooth! At our Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office, we provide dental fillings that can match the appearance of your healthy enamel. These restorations, made from a composite resin material, offer functional as well as cosmetic support. Once placed, your filling can bond directly with your enamel to provide lasting protection.
Dental Fillings Are Needed When A Cavity Forms
Any time a cavity forms, something must be done about the portion of your tooth that is damaged. Without treatment, the tooth is less capable of staying healthy, as it can experience physical damage as well as problems with bacteria buildup. Dental fillings keep a space where a cavity has formed safe from future harm. Because the filling only occupies the space where damaged tissues were removed, the healthy enamel surrounding your cavity is preserved.
Receiving A Tooth-Colored Filling
Before a filling is placed, the cavity affecting your tooth will be carefully removed. When this is done, and the area is effectively cleared of bacteria, the resin material can be applied. In addition to matching the color and appearance of your surrounding enamel, the composite resin we use to protect teeth can actually bond directly with your tooth and provide a lasting bond. The ability to bond with your tooth ensures that the restoration remains in place, and prevents the opening of space between the tooth and its filling.
What If I Need More Support Than A Dental Filling Can Provide?
There are circumstances where a dental filling is not effective at dealing with decay. If you have a cavity that requires a root canal procedure, or if the damage is too great to be addressed with a filling, a dental crown can be put in place instead. Dental crowns require more preparatory work and occupy more space around the tooth. With that said, they also provide greater support for the tooth, and can take care of one that is in a vulnerable condition.
Talk To Your Prairie Village, KS Dentist About Receiving A Dental Filling
Dr. Browne has experience restoring the smiles of people in and around the Prairie Village, KS community! If you think you might need to have treatment for a cavity, you can come to us to have the problem carefully evaluated. Once the problem is addressed, we can use a lifelike restoration that protects your smile as well as your tooth! To find out more about our services, please call your Prairie Village, KS dentist’s office at 913-901-8585.